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Buratai avoids question on military’s interference

The chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, refused to speak on the militarization of the 2019 polls, particularly the alleged interference by the Nigerian army in elections in some states.

Reports say excessive force was said to have been used by the army in some states, including Rivers, during the presidential and National Assembly polls and the governorship and state houses of assembly elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari had met with Buratai and other security chiefs in Abuja ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections in six states.

However, as the chief of staff emerged from the meeting, he refused to answer questions on the role of his men during the polls.

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Instead, he directed state house correspondents to the acting inspector-general of police, Mr Mohammed Adamu.

When reporters turned to the IG, the police chief too kept sealed lips and merely said there would be no formal briefing on any issues.

It was however learnt that aside from security arrangements for Saturday’s polls and the general security situation in the country, the meeting also looked into the raging violence in Kaduna state.

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