The Nigerian Army (NA) has observed some CCTV footages in
circulation on social media and other online platforms, allegedly showing
soldiers of the NA and other security agents invading the residence of the
Rivers State Commissioner of Education, Hon. Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja.
The NA has started conducting a comprehensive forensic
investigation of the footages to authenticate the validity or otherwise of the
claims to guide its further actions.
In the view of these allegations, the NA, for the umpteenth time, categorically reiterate its position in the entire conduct of the 2019 General elections as severally and consistently espoused and directed by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai which is – “NA is apolitical, neutral, impartial and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise”.
For RE-emphasis, NA’s responsibility in the entire electioneering
process is only to assist civil authority, Nigeria Police and other relevant
security agencies to – “provide a secure, peaceful and enabling environment for
the successful and transparent conduct of the election”. Anything beyond this
is not authorized and therefore totally unacceptable by the leadership of the
Any military personnel confirm to be involved in any professional
misconduct, such a person/s would be dealt with decisively in accordance with
To this end, the NA wishes to request well-meaning Nigerians to
always forward genuine complaints and evidences of professional misconduct
against any of its personnel for investigation and necessary action.
Acting Director Army Public Relations
8 March 2019