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Gov/HoA Polls: Maintain Political Neutrality, Army Chief Charges Soldiers, Releases Emergency Phone Numbers

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has directed formation and unit commanders of the Nigerian Army to ensure that troops remain professional and apolitical during the forthcoming Gubernatorial and House of Assembly Elections across the nation.

The Army Chief handed down the charge while addressing formation and unit commanders across the country, prelude to the rescheduled 18 March 2023 polls. Gen Yahaya, who commended the troops for their overall performance in the provision of security during the last polls admonished them to shun all forms of inducement, enticement or cajoling that could compromise the security of the polls, adding that a secure and safe atmosphere must be provided for the citizenry to exercise their civic responsibility of chosing their leaders. Gen Yahaya charged the troops to adhere strictly to the guidelines in the Code of Conduct for Operation Safe Conduct, as any contravention will attract dire consequences.

He urged the commanders to intensify efforts at providing security support for the elections and be ready to respond promptly to any emergency situation while prioritizing the protection of key national infrastructure.

The COAS equally reminded his commanders of the oath of allegiance they swore to defend the sovereignty of Nigeria and maintained that the Nigerian Army must be seen by all to stand in defence of Nigeria’s democracy.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has updated its list of hotlines for monitoring and reporting of emergencies and acts capable of disrupting the coming elections. It could be recalled that the NA had earlier released a set of contacts during the Presidential election held in Febuary 2023 as part of measures to support the Police in establishing a conducive environment for the successful conduct of free,fair and peaceful elections.

Members of the general public are please enjoined to call the phone numbers below in their various states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja to report any security breach during the elections.

1. ABIA STATE – 09029568595
07067880707

2. ADAMAWA – 08022750987

3. AKWA IBOM STATE – 09070077175
08163256562

4. ANAMBRA STATE – 08030881453

5. BAUCHI STATE – 08128063675

6. BAYELSA STATE – 08107855752
08143247308

7. BENUE STATE – 08080754339

8. BORNO STATE – 09099616160
08086987079

9. CROSS RIVER – 08037084192

10. DELTA STATE – 09044400064
08144464947

11. EBONYI STATE – 08158274048

12. EDO STATE – 09066325953

13. EKITI STATE – 08037851448

14. ENUGU STATE – 09032102212
08023097458

15. GOMBE STATE – 07063908779
08082557782

16. IMO STATE – 08069587883
08164120381

17. JIGAWA STATE – 07017791414
08100144363

18. KADUNA STATE – 07031544227
08028580978
08035242633

19. KANO STATE – 08038432656

20. KASTINA STATE – 08108854061
09012998054

21. KEBBI STATE – 09130213661

22. KOGI STATE – 08033217964

23. KWARA STATE – 09060001270

24. LAGOS STATE – 07034769430
09127604098

25. NASARAWA STATE – 09051009404

26. NIGER STATE – 07031346425

27. OGUN STATE – 09116589494
08032466245

28. ONDO STATE – 08036130535

29. OSUN STATE – 09019683922

30. OYO STATE – 07047703000

31. PLATEAU STATE – 08037116395
07031260622

32. RIVERS STATE – 08064274222

33. SOKOTO STATE – 07069084570
07052693532
08136913284

34. TARABA STATE – 08136728969
08060902363

35. YOBE STATE – 08061397656

36. ZAMFARA STATE – 08140075541

37. FCT – 09114913164
08186690471
08079153860
08164304255
09159793968

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Justice Charles Wali of the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt, on May 30 declared the seats of the 27 lawmakers who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in October last year vacant.

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