March 22, 2023



2023: We are going to deal decisively with undesirable conduct, DHQ warns

Chief of Defence Employees Normal Leo Irabor

…Mum on alleged bombing of herders in Nasarawa

Forward of the 2023 basic elections, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has warned the army and different safety businesses is not going to tolerate undesirable behaviour throughout the polls.

Addressing journalists throughout the bi-weekly briefing of Defence Correspondents in Abuja on the troop actions and operational successes within the numerous operational theatres throughout the Six geo-political zones of the nation previously two weeks, Director,  Directorate of Defence Media Operations, DDDI, Maj.- Gen. Musa Danmadami, assured that the army as an establishment would stay apolitical however would deal ruthlessly with any act that may be inimical to the graceful conduct of the polls nationwide.

He mentioned: “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is on standby for the overall elections. There isn’t any trigger for concern as a result of the Chief of Defence Employees (CDS) has acknowledged this on a number of events. We are going to stay apolitical however will deal divisively with any undesirable behaviour.

 “Formally, the police is the lead company so far as election issues are involved. They’re those which have the mandate. The Military Forces of Nigeria and different safety businesses will proceed to play a supportive function. We’re on standby. The code of conduct of elections and rule of engagement for the election has been distributed to our troops.

“I can guarantee you that any undesirable behaviour throughout the elections shall be handled decisively.  We’re witnesses to earlier elections how tensions have been excessive and elections got here and went and nothing occurred. “I can guarantee you that the 2023 election is not going to be completely different. Allow us to be constructive about this nation. We now have to be constructive that nothing goes to occur and nothing goes to occur.”

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The army excessive command was nevertheless, mum regarding alleged bombing of herders by Nigerian Airforce Plane in Nasarawa state.

Controversy trailed the killing of 38 herders within the Rukubi neighborhood of Doma Native Authorities Space of Nasarawa state, allegedly by army operatives.

Responding to questions on the problem, Normal Danmadami mentioned the army wouldn’t wish to be a part of points with the governors of Nasarawa and Benue states. Nonetheless, mentioned the army is skilled in all its operations.

“Regarding what occurred at Nasarawa and Benue states borders, we’re not going to say something.  As I mentioned earlier, operations are being carried out in several a part of the nation every single day.

“We don’t wish to be a part of concern with anyone. The governors of Nasarawa and Benue states have spoken on the problem and we’re not going to affix points with anyone.  What I need all you to know is that the Armed Forces Nigeria could be very skilled in the way in which we conduct our counter insurgency operations. Our code of conduct is obvious, our guidelines of engagement is obvious and our concentrating on process is obvious. All our operations are clever pushed.

“Our code of conduct, our guidelines of engagement and our concentrating on process are according to worldwide greatest practices. And I can guarantee you we will proceed to conduct our operations according to worldwide tips no matter what we individuals are saying,” he mentioned.