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Operation Positive Identification: Elumelu Raises Concerns Over Military Take-Over

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The Nigeria Army
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The Minority Leader of the House of Representation, , has said that the nationwide execution of Operation Positive Identification (OPI) by the Nigeria Army could lead to the militarization of the country.

Elumelu said that the plan would result in the infringement of the fundamental rights of Nigerians, emphasizing that if not checked it would reduce citizens to suspects and conquered people in their own country.

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The military could abuse the rights of citizens

Infringement of citizens' rights

The lawmaker also stated that OPI would create fear, panic, and anxiety as such military operations involved direct contact and regulating of civilians which could result in abuses and serious safety issues.

Ndudi Elumelu
Ndudi Elumelu

Elumelu advised the Army to focus on its constitutional role of defending the country and leave issues relating to internal security to the police and other relevant agencies.

The Army and all security forces should rather develop more pro-people strategies in combating our security challenges instead of a measure that could further victimize the people.Ndudi Elumelu – vanguardngr.com

The Minority Leader said should review OPI, which is slated to begin on the 1st of November, 2019, so that further consultations would be made.

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