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Kogi Guber: Nigerian Army launches show of force

Kogi Guber: Nigerian Army launches show of force

By Matthew Atungwu

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Bamidele Alabi, officially launched the Combined Force for Operation Safe Conduct in Kogi State with a Show of Force, demonstrating a remarkable level of preparedness and commitment to guaranteeing a safe and secure environment for the upcoming off-cycle gubernatorial election.

The flag-off ceremony, held on November 6, 2023, at the Nigerian Army Parade Ground at Chari Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, Nigeria, was a symbol of the readiness and preparations the Nigerian Army has made over the years to support other participants in the electoral process in Nigeria, and specifically in Kogi State.

It also underlined how crucial Operation Safe Conduct is to maintaining the state’s peace and security throughout the electioneering phase and guaranteeing that Kogi State residents can exercise their right to vote in a secure and safe environment.

The GOC urged citizens to cooperate with the security agencies and report any suspicious activities that would undermine the peaceful conduct of the election, in Kogi state on Saturday 11 Nov 23.

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The beginning of Operation Safe Conduct in Kogi State makes it abundantly evident that the security forces are ready and dedicated to making sure that the election process is free from violence and fair.

Residents and voters may anticipate performing their civic duties in a secure environment now that the combined force is in place.

With the full support of Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, the combined efforts of Kogi State’s security services will be crucial in maintaining calm in the state and protecting the democratic ideals of the country as Election Day approaches.

In order to exercise their rights, citizens are urged to turn out in large numbers. They can do so knowing that the Security Agencies would take harsh measures against anyone attempting to cause unrest or tamper with the election process.

Bandits, vote box snatchers, and other criminal elements who might try to pass for security personnel are also cautioned from engaging in such nefarious activities for their own benefit, as rapid steps are in place to catch and deal with them promptly.

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