The All Progressives Congress has raised the alarm that ethnic militias and ex-militants now wear fake police and army uniforms with a view to unleashing mayhem on members of the opposition and disrupt voting, which commence tomorrow, especially in the South-West, without hindrance.
The APC, in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Oodua Peoples Congress’ members were sighted at Owu -Elepe in Ikorodu Local Government Area on Friday morning, changing into fake police and army uniforms.
The statement noted that the development tallied with an earlier alarm raised by the opposition party that fake uniforms of security agencies were being sewn in the capital city of a South-West state.
It also said the ex-militants had been issued with fake military uniforms and deployed in some areas of Lagos, especially in the Lekki-Ajah axis, to foment trouble.
APC said the ex-militants in military uniforms were also moving around in unmarked private vehicles, and their assignments were being facilitated by security agencies.
It said, “In his national broadcast to the nation on Friday morning, President (Goodluck) Jonathan said he was under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of the country at all times. How can he do that when his supporters have engaged the services of ethnic militias, whom they have clothed in police and military uniforms, to engage in violence and election manipulations?
“If indeed the President means what he said, when he warned, in his broadcast, that ‘all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that any persons, who breach the peace or cause public disorder during or after the elections are speedily apprehended and summarily dealt with according to our laws’, then he should immediately call his supporters to order and direct the security agencies to arrest those going around in fake police and military uniforms”, APC said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mohammed has also alerted the nation to what he called the ‘brazen actions to rig the elections in Rivers State’, where all original result sheets have been removed and photocopied to pave the way for the PDP to write fake results of the elections in the state.
He further alleged similar moves to manipulate the elections and engage in massive thumb printing, starting on Friday evening, with purchased PVCs, which he pointed out, was also taking place not just in Rivers but in the South-East.
He said the APC agent at the INEC office in Port Harcourt, Emma Edeeyah, was arrested this morning without cause.
“These developments are worrisome and do not bode well for a free, fair, transparent and peaceful election. We are therefore calling on local and international observers to pay a close attention to these desperate measures aimed at thwarting the will of the people”, the opposition party spokesman said.