Election: Army alleges plot by fake soldiers to disrupt election in the Niger Delta

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The Nigerian Army has alleged that political elements are planning to foment trouble in the Niger Delta during the upcoming election using agents wearing military-like fatigue dress.


Maj Gen Jamil Sarham, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, which has the Niger Delta under its Area of Responsibility raised the alarm on Tuesday. According to Sarham, some politicians are arming some miscreants for that purpose.


“Credible intelligence available to HQ 6 Div NA has uncovered an unholy plan by some political actors within its AOR to arm and sponsor miscreants in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for their political gain,” the Nigerian Army said in an official statement available to Today’s Echo.

The Army also said it is tracing the source of the weapons involved in the alleged plot and warned against disruption of the electoral process.

“While covert efforts are on-going to track the source of the weapons and the agents involved in conjunction with sister security agencies, authorities of 6 Division NA.”

“We wish to unequivocally state that anyone found to be disrupting the electoral process under any guise will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the laws no matter how highly placed he or she is.”

“To this end, the GOC 6 Division and Land Component Commander (LCC) OPDS Maj Gen Jamil Sarham wish to reassure the good people of Niger Delta of providing adequate security in conjunction with other security agencies before, during and after the 2019 General Elections.”

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