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‘You’ll face consequences’ — army warns troublemakers ahead of off-cycle polls

‘You’ll face consequences’ — army warns troublemakers ahead of off-cycle polls
November 09
18:41 2023

The Defence Headquarters has warned troublemakers to stay away from the governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states or “face injurious consequences”.

Edward Buba, director of defence media operations, issued the warning on Thursday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the operations of the armed forces.

Buba said the army is aware of plans by some individuals to dress in military uniforms to disrupt the electoral processes in the three states on Saturday.

“For the off season elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states this weekend, here is a message for those who planned to disrupt the process,” he said.

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“We are aware of your plans to dress in military gear to misled the public. Be assured of injurious consequences should you proceed with those plans.

“We will not allow our image to be dragged to the mud. You’re warned.”

Buba said the military is determined to give the elections the seriousness it deserved, adding that troops are being moved to locations to reinforce security already in place in the states.

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He said security agencies are ready to identify and differentiate between real soldiers and the fake ones.

Buba added that the troops have continued to exert pressure on groups that seek to derail the progress toward peace and security in the country.

“Accordingly, we are targeting their leadership, infrastructure and foot soldiers,” he added.

“The coordination between air and ground forces is like never seen before and yielding amazing results.

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“We are expecting new platforms that would further enhance our capabilities to further root out terrorists and destroy their military capabilities.”

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