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By toyboy07 • 15th Mar 2019 • 78 views • 15 comments

The Nigerian Army on Friday said a Committee has been inaugurated

by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai to investigate

allegations of misconduct against its personnel during the general

elections.

The committee, it added, is headed by Major Gen T A Gagariga and

had  up-to 31st of March to submit its report.

According to Army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the committee

is also mandated to probe allegations of assassination attempt on

the governor of Rivers State, Nyelsom Wike.

Colonel Musa said in a statement that the probe is expected to

examine the circumstances surrounding the shooting to death of Lt

Kurmi and other soldiers during the elections.

Colonel Musa said :”As a way of ensuring that NA troops deployed

for election security duties during the 2019 General Elections

conducted themselves within laid down Rules of Engagement and the

Code of Conduct, the NA has set up a 9-member investigative

committee, headed by Maj Gen TA Gagariga with Brig Gen JM Ali,

Brig Gen GO Adeshina,

Brig Gen MA Obari,  Col AT Bitiyong, Col A Tanko and Col WA Bakare

as members and Lt Col PAJ Ebuk as Secretary to investigate all

allegations of misconduct against the NA during the just concluded

general elections.

“The committee is to submit its report not later than 31st of March,

2019.

“The committee, which has already commenced action, was

inaugurated by the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General

KAY Isiyaku on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS ) Lieutenant

General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and admonished to carry out their duties

objectively, fairly and transparently in line with its Terms of

Reference.

“The committee’s Terms of Reference centered on thoroughly

investigating the activities, actions and/or inactions of NA Personnel

in all the States that alleged one infraction/wrong doing or the other.

“The Committee is also to collate and thoroughly analyze all reports

to determine the veracity of the allegations including the alleged

assassination attempt on Rivers State Governor and the

circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Lt Kurmi as well

as that leading to serious injuries to an officer and some soldiers in

the State.

“The Committee is further mandated to visit all States where issues

have been raised about the conduct of NA during and after the

elections and also interact with Civil Society Organizations, sister

security agencies and State Governors with claims against the Army.

“It would be recalled that the  COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai has on many

fora, consistently (both in words and actions), soundly indicated

that, under his watch, NA personnel must remain apolitical, respect

human rights and abide by the rule of law in all its official

engagements within or outside Nigeria and in or out of conflict

situation.

“NA troops were deployed for the elections under Operation SAFE

CONDUCT that was set up to provide support to the NP and other

security agencies to ensure hitch free and successful elections in

the country.

“The Chairman of the committee, Major General TA Gagariga has

assured the COAS and all Nigerians of the committee’s commitment,

resolve and determination to objectively and professionally address

the major issues as contained in the Committee’s Terms of

Reference.”

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