We’ll deal with anyone that threatens this election – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, said that it would deal decisively with anyone that would in any manner, threaten the forthcoming election on Saturday.

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At a press briefing ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, General Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), disclosed the military’s plans to arrest and detain anyone that would flout the restriction of movement order on Saturday.

Olonishakin vowed that no matter how highly placed such persons may be they would not escape the full wrath of the military.

“I advise Nigerians to adhere strictly to the restriction of movement order during this election. No matter how highly placed you are, we will arrest, detain you”, the CDS advised, stressing that those on the election and essential duties are not affected by this order.

The Defence Chief said that this warning has become imperative following intelligence reports that politicians have procured military wares and arms ahead of the elections.

He disclosed that he has just concluded a meeting with heads of security agencies, where they have harmonised positions on their strategies to save the elections and the country.

The CDS said that the security forces are aware that Nigerians and the international community are desirous of free, fair and credible elections and that this is what they (Security forces), are working to achieve.

Reassuring that the security is not taking side with any political party or politician, he urged all eligible voters to go out and vote for any candidate of their choice, assuring them of maximum security.

He said that a code of conduct for security personnel has been released and advised all personnel to adhere to it strictly.

The Defence Chief asked citizens to discard the call to stay at home, saying that it was mischief aimed at preventing them from exercising their civic duty.


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