Following several allegations of misconduct and bias during the 2019 general elections, the Nigerian Army has set-up a nine-man committee to critically investigate the allegations and concerns raised by members of the public and election observers.
Backstory: The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, on Friday, stated that the committee which was inaugurated by Major General Kay Isiyaku, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, would be headed by Major General T.A. Gagariga, who is expected to turn in a report of his findings by March 31.
Col. Sagir Musa also revealed that investigations are already underway, looking into allegations that some members of the security agency interfered and acted unprofessionally during the 2019 general elections that took place on February 23 and March 9, in states like Rivers, Abia and Anambra states.
“The committee’s Terms of Reference centre on thoroughly investigating the activities, actions and inactions of the personnel in all the states that alleged one infraction or the other. The committee is also to collate and thoroughly analyze all reports to determine the veracity of the allegations including the alleged assassination attempt on Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.”
He further explained that the committee is to visit these states that raised concerns about the army, and speak to relevant informants, such as civil society organizations, other security agencies and state governors such as Wike.
Bottom Line: Don’t hold your breath too much. The Nigerian Army is not particularly famous for taking action against offenders within its ranks. The list of malfeasance by its officials is too lengthy to begin to enumerate, and for the few times when it has promised to investigate, the outcome has been predictably disappointing. Maybe we’ll be surprised this time.
Meanwhile here is something else that deserves an investigation by the Nigerian Army.