The Nigerian Army has detailed some of its engagements over the course of 2019 general elections, especially in the South East and South South, to include interception of kidnappers, hooligans, impostors, the arrest of persons with thumb printed ballot papers and ballot box snatchers.
In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, the Army gave specifics of its activities such as the arrest of one Mr Allwell Enwereji and five others in Abia State for conveying already thumb-printed ballot papers, interception of ballot box snatchers in Imo State, nabbing impostors in military uniform also in Imo State.
The Army also listed its other activities as the rescue of one Mr Authur Nkama who was earlier kidnapped in Cross River State, checkmating criminals, kidnappers, thugs who threatened soldiers’ lives in Rivers State, its rescue of INEC staff from hoodlums in Abia State and interception of political thugs on their way to disrupt election in Abia State.
Some of the Items recovered in the various incidents were camouflage trousers, daggers, assorted charms, thumb-printed ballot papers, one Sienna bus, one pump action gun with 11 live cartridges, voter cards and assorted ATM cards bearing different names.
While noting that investigation had commenced into the various incidents, the Army held that the development confirmed its earlier warning about plans by some politicians to empower thugs to jeopardize the peaceful conduct of the general election.