Polls Countdown: Army unearths plan to attack polling centres in Niger Delta States

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday February 19 stated that it has uncovered alleged plans by hired thugs


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Polls Countdown: Army unearths plan to attack polling centres in  Niger Delta States

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday February 19 stated that it has uncovered alleged plans by hired thugs to attack polling centres in some states in the Niger Delta.


Spokesman of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Col. Aminu Iliyasu made the disclosure in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.

The army spokesman said that thugs believed to be working for some politicians had been armed to the teeth to disrupt the Feb. 23 and March 9 elections in some areas.

According him, credible intelligence available to the division’s headquarters uncovered an unholy plan by some political actors within the division’s area of responsibility to arm and sponsor miscreants. “This plan is in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for their political gain,” he said. Iliyasu in the statement, however, said that a covert operation with sister security agencies had already been launched to track the thugs as well as locate the source of their weapons.

“The division wishes to unequivocally state that anyone found to be disrupting the electoral process under any guise will be decisively dealt with. “Such individuals will be dealt with in accordance with the laws no matter how highly placed he or she may be. “The General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, wishes to reassure the people of Niger Delta of adequate security in conjunction with other security agencies before, during and after the elections,” he stated. The army spokesman commended the people for their cooperation and assistance, urging them to remain peaceful and law-abiding. News men reports that the army 6 Division covers Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers. (NAN)



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