Abuja - The Chief of Army Staff,
Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Wednesday in Abuja warned perpetrators of
election violence to desist from the act or be dealt with.
Minimah gave the warning while answering questions from
newsmen at the monthly press briefing organised by the Directorate of Army
He said the Armed Forces, the Police and other security
agencies had made adequate arrangements for security during the elections.
"I do not envisage any issue because this is just an
election and it will come and go.
"I will appeal to politicians and their followers to keep
the peace, maintain the peace and ensure a violence-free election.
"I will appeal to law abiding Nigerians to come out
en masse to vote for candidates of their choice without fear of intimidation,
without fear for their safety, it is their right to vote.
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"And whoever wants to invoke or provoke violence, will meet
organised violence waiting for him,” the chief of army staff said.
Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public
Relations, said the successes being recorded by troops in the North-East and in other operations were hinged on discipline, patriotism and
Usman said in order to increase its capacity, the army had
continued to acquire new equipment to prosecute the ongoing campaign
against the Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements.
He said troops were now being trained locally and overseas
in the handling of the newly-acquired equipment and to increase
"In some cases, this training has been conducted in-theatre
by foreign instructors. I believe this has given rise to the false report
about mercenaries in the North-East.
"Futhermore, pre-induction training of troops
in some selected military training institutions is also ongoing after
which troops will be deployed to the theatre of operation.
"In addition, seminars and workshops on modern operations
planning for officers and soldiers at Division and Brigade levels as well as
subscription on courses particularly on improvised explosives Devices and
Counter Terrorism training are ongoing.
"All these are geared toward ensuring that troops are
efficient and effective in discharging their assigned roles in furtherance of
the Nigerian Army fulfillment of its constitutional mandate,” he said.
The army spokesman also said the army had commenced payment
of scholarship entitlement to children and dependants of all deceased personnel
who died in active service.
He said the payment started in February and was scheduled to
be completed at the end of March.
Usman also said that the attention of the army had been
drawn to an impostor on Facebook allegedly with the name Kenneth Tobia Minimah,
believed to be operated by one Emmanuel Monday.
He said the impostor had been using the name of the chief of
army staff to dupe unsuspecting members of the public by soliciting for money
"Please be informed that the Chief of Army Staff does not
operate any facebook account or any of the social media for that matter,’’ he