Soldiers yesterday got a shoot-on-sight order against hoodlums at tomorrow’s Ondo State governorship election, if they resist arrest.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Nigeria Army 2 Division, Major Gen. Mohammed Abubakar, gave the order while addressing soldiers to be deployed for election duties in Akure.
He spoke to them at the 32 Artillery Brigade in Ondo State capital.
Akume, the General, who said nobody would be allowed to carry arms to polling centres, also ordered his men to arrest anybody who violates the order.
He said soldiers were deployed for the election from various formations to ensure that the state has a free and fair poll, but refused to disclose the specific number of soldiers deployed.
Gen Abubakar said: “Nobody will be allowed to move around on that day, except for those on essential duties and those on election duty. No hunting on the Election Day. I am happy that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has said that there will be no fishing during the poll. I don’t want to hear that I am going to the bush to hunt. Anybody with arm must be arrested. If he resists arrest, shoot him. I give you the order,” he said.
The GOC added: “Movement will be restricted from 6pm to 6am, but motorists travelling across the state to other parts of the country will be allowed passage after they must have proved that they are not going into the state.”
Gen. Abubakar hinted that he had received a petition from one of the candidates who accused another standard bearer of inducing some soldiers with money to allow his party to win.
While warning soldiers not to compromise with any politician, he said any soldier caught in such act would be dealt with.