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Court Bars FG from Deploying Soldiers to Polling Stations During Elections



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A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to deploy soldiers to monitor the forthcoming elections at polling stations.

According to Vanguard, the court ruled that there is no part of the constitution “which empowers the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces to deploy military for election purposes.”

The court delivered the judgement in response to a suit filed by a member of the House of Representatives and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Gbajabiamila.

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  1. Betty

    March 24, 2015 at 7:40 am

    PDP with dia tricks.

  2. lois

    March 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    But dis APC ppl are thugs… Just a bunch of area boys… God help nigeria

  3. Taipan

    March 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    When their is election violence hope the court will be blamed and not FG? since they know more, they fail to understand the present security state of the country, anyways lets see if a Lagos high court is now higher than the federal high court FCT, litigants and lawyers correct me if i’m wrong…

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 24, 2015 at 8:35 am

      It was the FEDERAL high court in Lagos not a LAGOS STATE high court. All FEDERAL high courts are at the same level whether they are in FCT or Ijebu Remo.

  4. NagosBigBoi

    March 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Here we go again. Another Young Democratic Party (YDP) type misreporting by the nigerian press. In law, words are important and nigerian legal reporters still have not figured that out.
    Did the judge say:
    (1) that they could not be at polling stations. In which case they can be on the streets away from polling stations
    (2) that they cannot ‘supervise’ elections. In which case they could be at the polling station as long as they do not ‘supervise’ and INEC staff supervise the elections
    (4) that they cannot ‘monitor’ the elections. In which case they can be on the streets and accredited election monitors do the monitoring.
    (3) that they cannot be on the streets. In which case there cannot be soldiers outside their barracks.

    IMO we need soldiers/military out in the streets to provide additional security to the armed police. However, the soldiers/military should not be allowed to stop people. That is a police responsibility.

  5. Naijababeii

    March 24, 2015 at 11:03 am


  6. prince

    March 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Good for them. Compromised bastards. we don’t need them at the polls, what they did at Ekiti is enough and Nigerians are waiting earnestly to see the outcome. if jonathan wont do it. GMB will surely get to the root of the matter when he assumes office come May 29

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 24, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      As much as I was angered by what they did in Ekiti state, I think we need them for security for national elections. Just do the math.

      We have ~120,000 polling units and ~360,000 policemen. About 1/3 of our police guard VIPs and various buildings. That leaves ~240,0000 policemen. So we can have 2 at each polling station without any being on the streets. By law the police at the polling stations cannot be armed. So during national elections, who will then guard the streets?
      For an election like in Ekiti state in 2014, there was definitely no need for them. For national elections like on March 28th, we cannot do without them.

  7. Kevin King

    March 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Is an election a state of emergency. Why should the army be deployed. The court ruling should be respected by the executive branch. There are police officers in the various States at least they should do their job. What is needed is for the masses to learn that these politicians the risk their life for through thuggery careless about them. They should learn to allow the poll to determine the popularity of a candidate, and only them will they work hard to improve the well being of Nigerians. The apex court ruling should be respected and the military should allow Nigerians to exercise their right.

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