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Military pledges commitment to credible polls

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Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai PHOTO: NAN

Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai PHOTO: NAN

The 4th Brigade, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Benin City at the weekend pledged its commitment to a credible governorship election on September 10.

Brigadier-General Benbella Raji made the promise when he received the leadership of Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), led by its Chairman, Roland Osakwe.

He urged journalists to uphold professionalism and objectivity in reporting activities in and around the state, including the upcoming election.

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He said officers and men of the brigade will, in collaboration with sister security agencies, ensure hitch-free polls in the state.

Raji said: “Be assured that we will always provide security for all, there is already a code of conduct for our men and also rules of engagement. Training is currently going on for those who will be deployed in the field so that they will know how to operate.

“We urge all eligible voters to come out and perform their civic responsibility to ensure that all votes count. Remember that the Nigerian Army is neutral and will ensure its impartiality in all its actions.”

The brigade commander added: “Even if we are not going to be seen at the polling booths, be assured that we are not far, that we are working with other security agencies to ensure a peaceful election. I appeal to you to always double-check your facts before you report”

Earlier, the NUJ Chairman said the visit was to build a synergy between the army and journalists to ensure a peaceful co-existence and avoid friction while on duty.

He stressed that both arms are supposed to be partners in progress as they work for a better Nigeria.


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