2015 Elections: No Petitions Yet Against Soldiers

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Nigerian Army on Friday announced that the panel set up to probe the involvement of its personnel in the Ekiti, Osun, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and other elections in the country is yet to receive petitions over the 2015 general elections.

The panel investigating the alleged misconduct by men and officers of the Nigerian Army during the 2014/2015 elections was inaugurated in Kaduna on Monday.

After its inauguration, president of the panel, Adeniyi Oyebade, a Major General, had urged members of the public who feel aggrieved about the conduct of the officers and men to come forward with concrete evidence and also testify before the panel.

Oyebade, who is also the General Officer Commanding, 1 Mechanized Division, lamented that five days after its inauguration, the panel is yet to receive a single petition or memorandum from the public.



    He applauded the high number of officers that had turned up and testified but regretted that members of the public were yet to appear before the panel.

    The commanders and soldiers from the affected states of Ekiti, Osun, Rivers as well as Akwa-Ibom have also been summoned to the headquarters of the 1 Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, venue of the proceeding of the panel.

    The Chief of Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, had ordered the setting up the panel to investigate the alleged misconduct of the soldiers during the elections based on public outcry.

    The panel has two weeks to complete its assignment and submit a report.

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