People Approaching Soldiers For Political Reasons – Buratai

he Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned soldiers to steer clear of politics, adding that he received information that some individuals had been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.

Buratai warned that men and officers caught in meetings with politicians would be penalized.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed the COAS’s stand.

He said, “The COAS has received information about some individuals approaching soldiers and, on the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from this act.

“He also reminded them that the Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear constitutional roles and responsibilities.

“Therefore, he seriously warned and advised all officers and men interested in politics, to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith.

“Any officer or soldier of the Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaging in unprofessional conducts such as politicking, would have himself or herself to blame.”

Usman added that the COAS further reiterated that the Nigerian Army would remain apolitical and respect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Soldiers Sack Agatu Villages, kill Pregnant Woman And Five others

Soldiers have sacked six villages in the Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing six persons, including a pregnant woman.

This followed the killing of a soldier at the weekend by some youths in the area.

But the Brigade Commander of the 707 Special Force, Brig. Clement Apere, denied that soldiers attacked the people.

“The operation we conducted in the area was carried out in a professional way,” he said.

However, sources from Agatu, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday, explained that six villages — Olegadakolo, Ikpele, Otugologwu, Iwali, Okpanchenyi and Egba — were sacked by the soldiers.

At Egba community, sources said a pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet, adding that the six villages had been deserted.

“This is genocide on our people, as I’m talking to you now, six villages have been sacked, children and women have moved out of the affected villages, while many people have been arrested by the invading soldiers,” a resident of one of the villages, who pleaded anonymity said.

The council’s sole administrator, Mr. Mike Inalegwu, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, also denied the killing of people in Agatu communities but admitted the invasion of military personnel.

“There is no iota of truth in that, no one was killed, the military were only on the mission to recover their arms and ammunition,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference, the commander, 707 Special Forces Brigade, Brig. Gen. Clement Apere,  said only one person was arrested.

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Rivers Re-run: Soldiers Arrest SSG, SA To Governor Wike

The soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the INEC centres in Gokana and Khana Local Government Areas allegedly beat the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Professor Roseline Konya to a state of coma, Jerry Needam, special adviser on media and publicity to Rivers PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, has said in a statement.

Needam said “she is unconscious as at the time of filing” this statement.

“They have also beaten up all PDP agents at INEC offices in Bori, Tai and Gokana  and drove them away.

“They have hijacked all the election materials and are thump printing and writhing results.

According to Needam, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani, Special Adviser on Special projects to the State Governor, Hon Cyril Dum Wite and over 2000 PDP across the State have been beaten, arrested and detained by the Nigerian Army.

Reacting to the sad development, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah described the action of the military against Rivers people and members of the PDP as genocide.

PDP said the Nigerian Army disobeyed two separate court orders, restraining them from participating in Rivers re-run election and in Rivers South East Senatorial District of the State.

The statement also said all electoral materials for Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State have been hijacked by Barry Mpigi assisted by the soldiers.

Needam alleged that attempts by voters to resist the hijack of the election materials,  led to the killing of two pregnant women and scores of people,  by armed men in military uniform.

“Election in the 15 units of Ward 3, Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State were also disrupted and materials taken away by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, who shot sporadically while carting away all electoral materials.

The PDP Chairman in Rivers State called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel Rivers re-run election in Tai, Oyigbo,  Gokana,  Khana and all other Local Government Areas of the State, where soldiers of the Nigerian Army connived with the APC to hijack electoral materials, kill, main, destroy properties, arrest and detain PDP members.

He condemned the action of the military and called for investigation.