By Charles Nwabardi

 

The Nigerian Army has denied escorting fake voters to Anambra for the November 6 governorship election.

Director, army public relations, Onyema Nwachukwu spoke on Thursday while reacting to the allegation that soldiers were escorting buses conveying fake voters to Anambra.

Nwachukwu said it remains apolitical whenever called upon by the authorities to provide internal security.

He said no soldier of the Nigerian Army had indulged in escorting fake voters into the state, and that contrary to the “misleading information”, the buses in question were conveying INEC permanent and ad-hoc staff for the election tasks in the state.

“Our duty in the state at this time is purely security-related and in support of the Nigeria police, which are the lead security agency in the security architecture of electioneering,”

“This is done in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere for peaceful conduct of elections.

“Our troops are guided by extant provisions of Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) personnel code of conduct during elections and the provisions of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 2004.

“We shall continue to operate along these lines to ensure that peace and security reign in our country.

“We will remain apolitical and very professional in deeds and conduct for the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria.”

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