General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Hassan Dada, has launched ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ in Imo, ahead of Saturday’s Governorship Election in the state.
Dada performed the brief ceremony at the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri.
He described the operation as “a measure by the Nigerian Military to ensure security of all stakeholders in the electioneering process”.
He also said that a show of force would be carried out by officers in the three senatorial districts of the state before the election.
He said that the exercise was to restore the confidence of the electorate and assure them of adequate security ahead of the election.
The GOC thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja for his moral, logistics and other support and assured officers on election duty of their overall welfare.
He further advised his officers to remain nonpartisan and to get conversant with the Nigerian Army Code of Conduct for election duty, while cooperating with other security agencies.
The army chief warned Imo residents and politicians, who might plan to cause trouble during the election, to think otherwise.