Rivers ‘invasion’: Army probes footage, pledges decisive action

#TrackNigeria – The Nigerian Army has announced that it has taken note of some CCTV footage  in circulation on social media allegedly showing  soldiers and other security agents invading the residence of the Rivers State Commissioner of Education, Hon. Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja.

A statement Friday signed by Colonel Sagir Musa, acting director, Army public relations, said the Army has commenced  a comprehensive probe of the footage. He also warned that any military personnel confirmed to been involved in any professional misconduct will be dealt with decisively.

According to Colonel Musa, “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 NA.

“Any military personnel comfirmed  to be involved in any professional misconduct, such a person/s would be dealt with decisively in accordance with the law. 

The Nigerian Army therefore  requested  “well-meaning Nigerians to always forward genuine complaints and evidences of  professional misconduct against any of its personnel for  investigation and necessary action.”