Election rerun: Army denies replacing police in Osun

Election rerun: Army denies replacing police in Osun

- The Nigerian Army has denied report that Army personnel were deployed to Osun state to provide security

- The Army said it would never usurp the roles of the Nigeria Police during elections

The Nigerian Army on Thursday, September 27, denied a report from Champion News that Army personnel were deployed to Osun state to take over from the police and provide security during the ongoing governorship election rerun.

In a statement signed by the deputy director of Army public relations, Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, the Army said the report which was culled from Champion News is misleading.

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Mohammed said: "The Nigerian Army is very much aware of its constitutional roles therefore can not and will never usurp the roles of the Nigeria Police during elections.

"When and wherever the Nigerian Army deploys during elections, it does so to compliment the efforts of the Nigeria Police in providing security in aid to civil authority in conjunction with other security agencies."

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the United States commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring the Osun gubernatorial election inconclusive and ordering a rerun election.

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David Young who is the deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Nigeria spoke in Kaduna where he said the rerun would enhance democracy.

He commended Osun state people for being peaceful and called them to replicate the same in the rerun.

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Source: Naija.ng

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