Chief of Defence Staff warn against Election Violence in Kogi

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa stated that electoral violence will not be tolerated during the upcoming governorship election in Kogi State.

General Musa further reiterated the military's commitment to enforcing the presidential directives aimed at taking strong action against those responsible for electoral violence.

During a visit to the Government House in Lokoja, this was affirmed by the Chief of Defence Staff, as disclosed in a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau.

Gusau conveyed that the CDS provided reassurance to the Kogi State Government regarding the safety of its citizens both before, during, and after the election.

The statement specified, "The Armed Forces of Nigeria have affirmed their readiness to uphold the presidential directive by taking resolute measures against those engaged in electoral violence."

“The CDS while 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 that the AFN in conjunction with other security agencies is ready to allow for an enabling environment where Kogi indigenes will vote for candidates of their choice.

“He further warned Kogi people to desist from electoral violence and embrace peace and tolerance.”

Tukur also added that the CDS warned troops participating in the election to be professional in their conduct.

“The CDS called for absolute professionalism by the military during the forthcoming election. He warned personnel not to be involved in any act that would be inimical to the smooth conduct of the election. General Musa appealed for an enabling environment to allow for free and fair elections.

“The CDS assured the entire people of Kogi State of the AFN resolve to safeguard lives and property at all times. He seized the opportunity of the visit to call on citizens to report any wrongdoings by the military to the appropriate authority and ensure cooperation with troops to enable them to perform their duties as dictated by the Constitution.”

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