Polls: Buratai avoids question on military’s interference

The Chief of Army Staff , Lt . Gen . Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday refused to speak on the militarisation of the 2019 polls , particularly the alleged interference by the Nigerian Army in elections in some states .

Excessive force was said to have been used by the army in some states , including Rivers , during the presidential /National Assembly polls and the governorship /State Houses of Assembly elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari had met with Buratai and other security chiefs in Abuja on Tuesday ahead of Saturday ’ s supplementary elections in six states .

However , as the COAS emerged from the meeting , he refused to answer questions on the role of his men during the polls .

Instead , he directed State House correspondents to the acting Inspector – General of Police , Mr Mohammed Adamu .

When reporters turned to the IG , the police chief too kept sealed lips .
He merely said there would be no formal briefing on any issues .

But the reports gather learnt that aside from security arrangements for Saturday ’ s polls and the general security situation in the country, the meeting also looked into the raging violence in Kaduna State.

Apart from Buhari and the IG , other security chiefs who attended the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen . Gabriel Olonisakin ; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe – Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique.

The attendees also included the National Security Adviser, Maj . Gen . Babagana Monguno (retd . ); Minister of Defence, Maj . Gen Mansur Dan – Ali (retd . ); Minister of Interior , Gen Abdulrahaman Dambazau (retd . ); Director – General of Department for State Service , Yusuf Magaji- Bichi; and the Director – General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency , Ahmed Abubakar .

Meanwhile , Zamfara State Governor , Mr Abdulaziz Yari, has said his administration has no plan to dialogue with the bandits attacking and killing innocent villagers in the state .

According to him , the bandits are more equipped than the Nigerian soldiers and policemen.

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