The Nigerian Army says it has begun a forensic investigation of a CCTV footage showing soldiers invading the home of the Rivers State Commissioner of Education , Dr Tamunosisi Gogo – Jaja .
The army said in a statement by its Acting Director , Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, that the military would remain neutral before , during and after the polls.
The statement read in part, “ The Nigerian Army 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 , 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 Buratai which is – ‘ NA is apolitical , neutral , impartial and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise ’”
He explained that the army’ 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 .
The army spokesman said anything beyond this is not authorised and therefore totally unacceptable by the leadership of the NA .
The statement read in part, “ Any military personnel confirmed to be involved in any professional misconduct , such a person /s would be dealt with decisively in accordance with the law .
“ 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. ”