Breaking: Lagos High Court Bars Soldiers From Polling Units During Elections


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By Chris Nomjov

A Federal high court sitting in Lagos has barred the Federal Government from deploring soldiers to supervise the forthcoming general elections.?

The debate on the use of soldiers at polling units in the forthcoming elections has been contentious. While the proponents for the use of army personnel, hinge it on the security, they would guarantee, especially in the event of security challenges. However, making reference to the role of soldiers in the alleged #Ekitigate rigging scandal; most people fear that the soldiers might be used to perpetuate electoral fraud and the constitution bars them from intervening during elections.

Delivering judgement on a suit filed by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the House of Reps representing Surulere Federal Constituency 2 on the platform of the APC against the President, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Of Army, Chief of Air Force, Chief of Naval Staff and Attorney General of Federation, the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba said it was unconstitutional to deploy military for the supervision of election purposes without the approval of the national assembly.?

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