Reps Reject Military’s Operation Positive Identification Exercise

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives Chamber in Abuja

Members of House of Representatives have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call off the planned operation positive identification exercise of the military.

In a motion raised by the House minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu as a matter of urgent public importance, the lawmaker expressed worry that the exercise will instill fear in the heart of Nigerians.

The motion also maintained that the operation will strip Nigerians of their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement and instill fear, anxiety, and panic in the entire polity, adding that the nationwide operation would amount to an indirect imposition of a state of emergency across the country by the Army.

In their contributions, some lawmakers opined that it is the responsibility of the police and not the army.

The house committee on army is to meet with the chief of army staff for a clearer understanding of the motive of the operation


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