Defence Chief Warns Against Electoral Violence, Calls For An Enabling Environment For Free, Fair Election in Kogi

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa has said the military  in conjunction with other security agencies is ready to allow for an enabling environment where Kogi indigenes will vote for candidates of their choice. 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa disclosed this today, 2 November, 2023 during his operational visit to troops in Kogi State. 

General Musa further warned Kogi people to desist from electoral violence ,  embrace peace and tolerance

He appealed for an enabling environment to allow for free and fair election. The CDS assured the entire people of Kogi State of the AFN resolve to safe guard lives  and property at all times. 

Director Defence Information,  Brigadier General Tukur Gusau disclosed in a press statement that while the Defence Chief was speaking at the Kogi  State Government House, assured the Executive Governor, His Excellency, Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Edward David Onoja assured of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) readiness to enforce the presidential directive to deal decisively with perpetrators of electoral violence. 

He said " the Armed Forces has zero tolerance for electoral violence and will ensure total compliance with the Presidential directives to deal decisively with  violators. 

The CDS also condole the people of Kogi state over the recent demise of the Ohionoyi of Ebiraland Alhaji Ado Ibrahim.

General Musa while addressing the troops of OPERATION  SAFE  CONDUCT in Kogi State, called for absolute profesionalism by the military during the forth coming election. 

He warned personnel not to involve in any act that will be inimical  to the smooth conduct of the election. 

He seized the opportunity of the visit to call on citizens to report any wrong doings by the military to the appropriate authority and ensure cooperation with troops to enable them perform their duties as dictated by the Constitution. 

Similarly, in his meeting with Military Commanders and heads of security agencies in the  state, the CDS charged them to create enabling environment to allow Kogi State indigenes to exercise their civic responsibilities and elect the candidates of their choice.  

He further warned against any compromise to subvert the forth coming Kogi election. General Musa added that security Personnel will be monitored to ensure they perform their duties as expected. 

The CDS emphasised  that there is an already standing Court Marshal to prosecute any Military personnel found wanting in the discharge of his duties during the election. 

He called on  military personnel to remain apolitical and ensure maximum security of lives and property before, during and after the elections.

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