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Falana opposes using soldiers for election-related tasks

Prior to the polls on Saturday, senior Nigerian attorney Femi Falana spoke out against the placement of military soldiers in several regions of the nation. 

The rights activist stated in a statement released on Friday that military personnel should stay in their barracks throughout elections and be on high alert to stave off any foreign attack against the nation. 

He emphasized that there are sufficient security agencies in place to handle election-related security. 

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, had earlier on Friday stated that 425,106 security personnel would be used for the elections.

According to him, "Officers from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are among the security personnel."

Falana, however, cited legal judgements that forbade the deployment of the military as election security. 

"Some military commanders were indicted and retired following the inquiry by army headquarters into the fraud of the 2014 Ekiti State governorship election," he claimed.

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