The General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, on Wednesday, launched ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ in Imo, ahead of Saturday’s Governorship Election in the state.
Dada performed the brief ceremony at the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri.
He described the operation as “a measure by the Nigerian Military to ensure security of all stakeholders in the electioneering process“.
He also said that a show of force would be carried out by officers in the three senatorial districts of the state before the election.
He said that the exercise was to restore the confidence of the electorate and assure them of adequate security ahead of the election.
The GOC thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja for his moral, logistics and other support and assured officers on election duty of their overall welfare.
He further advised his officers to remain nonpartisan and to get conversant with the Nigerian Army Code of Conduct for election duty, while cooperating with other security agencies.
“Ours is to ensure that people come out and discharge their duties seamlessly, while remaining nonpartisan.
“You must protect all INEC officials and election materials but don’t touch the materials.
“I will not accept any excuses for any lapses.
“Do not accept any tip-off from anybody, if you are found wanting, you will be court marshaled,“ he said.
The army chief warned Imo residents and politicians, who might plan to cause trouble during the election, to think otherwise.
“Those who are here to make trouble will have us to contend with.
“We are more than adequately prepared,“ Dada said