Buratai Declines Comment On INEC Allegations

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Chief of Army Staff, Gen. T.Y. Buratai
By;  SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari  Tuesday, met with the nation’s security chiefs, with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, refusing to address allegations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that soldiers  disrupted the collation of results in the March 9th governorship election in Rivers State.
Emerging from the meeting which took place inside the President’s office in the presidential villa, Abuja, Butatai was asked by reporters to react to the allegation but he pushed the responsibility to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
When asked to speak on the matter, the Army boss said: “The IG will speak.”
However, when the IGP was approached, he too declined to speak saying that there would be no briefing officially.
Recall that INEC had condemned what it described as the role played by some soldiers and armed gangs in Rivers State which it said led to the disruption of the electoral process.
The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the action which took place during the March 19 election was an attempt to subvert the will of the people.
The commission based its allegation on
part of the submissions made by its fact-finding committee which assessed the situation in Rivers State.
Tuesday’s security meeting came barely four days to the supplementary election scheduled for some states with inconclusive gubernatorial polls.
Even though its agenda was not known, it may have discussed security strategy for the elections.

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