See How Army Saved Rivers From Destruction During Elections
Troops of the Nigerian Army/ File

Brig.-Gen. Felix Omongue, Acting Director of Operations, Nigerian Army, said that Rivers would have burnt to ashes, if not for the military’s quick intervention during the 2019 General Elections.

Omongue made this known while speaking in Port Harcourt on Monday at the House of Representatives public hearing on political violence in Rivers.

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The House Committee on Army, Police, Human Rights and Justice was in Rivers to investigate the murder of Dr. Ferry Ogberegbe, a lecturer at Saro Wiwa Polytechnic Boro.

The lecturer was alleged to have been shot by men of Federal Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) during the elections.

He said the political landscape of Rivers was charged before and during the elections, hence the army played the necessary roles.

According to him, “the Nigerian Army was the sole hero of 2019 elections.

He, however, said the military arrested some criminals for alleged impersonation during the polls.

“The Political environment in Rivers was heated up.”

The General said it was only in Rivers that the public accused the army of killing, intimidation and arrest, while local and international communities commended it for positive role in the exercise.

According to the director of operations, the Odi massacre in Bayelsa, would have been repeated but that the army exercised restraint when its officer was killed.

An army officer was killed in Abonnema, in Asari Toru Local Government Area during the presidential polls.

“Only Rivers in Niger Delta zone is accusing the military of wrongdoings.

The military has a rule of engagement (operation), ” he said.

Omogue, however, said three soldiers were killed during the elections in Rivers.