The General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Hassan Dada, has launched ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ in Imo State ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
Dada, who performed the brief ceremony at the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Obinze, Owerri, on Wednesday described the operation as “a measure by the Nigerian military to ensure the security of all stakeholders in the electioneering process.”
The GOC also announced that officers in the three senatorial districts of the state would carry out a show of force before the election.
He emphasized that the exercise aimed to restore the electorate’s confidence and assure them of adequate security ahead of the election.
Dada expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, for his moral, logistical, and other support and assured officers on election duty of their overall welfare.
He further advised his officers to remain nonpartisan, to be conversant with the Nigerian Army Code of Conduct for election duty, and to cooperate with other security agencies.
“Ours is to ensure that people come out and discharge their duties seamlessly while remaining nonpartisan,” Dada stated.
He also emphasized the importance of protecting INEC officials and election materials, but cautioned against any involvement in handling election materials.
Dada concluded his address by warning officers against accepting any tip-offs or engaging in any misconduct, emphasizing that any lapses would be met with severe consequences, including court-martial.
“You must protect all INEC officials and election materials, but don’t touch the materials.
“I will not accept any excuses for any lapses.”
“Do not accept any tip-off from anybody; if you are found wanting, you will be court-martialed,” he said.
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