Army Threatens To Review Joint Operations With Police …Seeks Partnership With Media

The Nigerian Army said it would review all existing joint activities with the Rivers State Police Command until the police carries out full scale investigation and metes out appropriate punishment to the security aides to Governor Wike who attacked troops at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Headquarters Collation Center and shot at Capt AA Salami.

The Army also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of betrayal, following its report on the suspended Rivers governorship and State Assembly elections, regretting that the body it sacrificed so much to assist towards a very successful conduct of election turned its back against it.   

The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army,in a statement by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director ,Army Public Relations, said the Festus Okoye-led committee report, which accused it of undue interference in the election lacked sincerity.

According to the statement, “ Nigerian Army has observed with dismay and sense of betrayal in the statement made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye Esq on 15 March 2019.

 “The statement according to INEC was the findings of its Fact-Finding Committee that assessed the situation in Rivers State. It is, however, pertinent to note that, representatives of the 6 Division met with the Fact-Finding Committee on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at the INEC Headquarters in Port Harcourt and had honest discussions and made a written submission to aid the Committee in its task. 

“ Regrettably, none of the Division’s input form any of the findings of INEC as made public. This clearly indicates lack of trust by an institution that the Nigerian Army sacrifices so much to assist in the course of performing their role. “Genesis of the suspension of Governorship/State House of Assembly elections process in Rivers State 

“What INEC failed to mention or even consider is the fact that at about 10:30 pm on Saturday 9th March 2019, troops of 6 Division NA detailed at the outer perimeter of Obio/Akpor Local Government Headquarters Collation Center were brazenly attacked by Governor Wike’s security aides and armed thugs who stormed the collation center with the Governor in a convoy of more than 50 vehicles while collation of results was going on. In the ensuing melee, Captain Adams Salami was shot at close range by the security aides of Governor Wike while Corporal Adeosun Adebayo was matcheted by Governor Wike’s thugs.

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