Delta State Candidates Sign Peace Accord

peaceCandidates contesting for different elective positions on the platform of different political parties in Delta State have signed a peace accord to honour the interest of democracy.

The Delta State peace accord meeting was held on Wednesday in Asaba, the state capital.

The peace accord, which was packaged by the Delta State Police Command to ensure peace before, during and after the general elections, was well attended by top security chiefs in the Police, Army, SSS and other sectors at the state capital.

Speaking at the event, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr Musa Daura, said that it was important for peaceful elections to be achieved, emphasising that “we must all be in the vanguard for a credible and acceptable electoral process.”

Daura also said that the security has resolved to provide an electoral environment free of intimidation, saying politicians should play the game by the rules bearing in mind that they are sportsmen; he urged all to shun criminal and electoral violence before, during and after the elections.

The governor, who presided over the signing described the shift in dates of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as laudable and in their interest.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman in an address said that they must not agree alone, but equally realize the need to be more democratic in the conduct of political activities within the ambit of the law, with a view to ensuring peace, understanding and respect for one another.

Speaking to journalists after the signing, some candidates mentioned that the reason behind this act was for a free and fair elections, void of violence.

Army Warns Of Boko Haram Using Fake Military Camouflage

The Nigerian Army has alerted the public on the use of military camouflage by members of the Boko Haram sect to perpetrate violence and create an impression that the military is responsible.

The Chief of Civil Military Affairs of the Nigerian Army, Major General Mobolaji Koleoso, told a news conference in Abuja on Friday that most of the terrors unleashed on civilians which are blamed on the military are perpetrated by the insurgents.

He claimed that Boko Haram’s evolving tactics of using phony military camouflage, aided the massive casualties in Bama, Borno State where they dressed as members of the Nigerian army.

Almost 200 lives were lost in the Bama massacre during an onslaught between the military and the Islamic insurgents.

Two Soldiers Killed In Daura Attack

Major-General Koleoso also confirmed that there was a gun duel between the sect members and officers of the Nigerian Army in Daura, Katsina State on Thursday night in which two soldiers died.

He claimed that five members of Boko Haram were also killed in the attack.

The military commander explained that the attack in Daura was carried out by the sect members using military camouflage.

In another press briefing, the police commissioner in Katsina, Abdullahi Magaji, said the gunmen bombed two police stations and four banks in the town on Thursday night, adding that one of the suspects was killed in the attack while the other four were trailed and killed on Mani-Dutsi road around 9.30 am on Friday.