Federal High Court Rules Against Deployment Of Soldiers For Elections

January 31, 2015 2:00 am

A Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto yesterday ruled that it is
unconstitutional for the military to be deployed for election purposes.

Justice Mohammed Rilwan ruled that other than for the purposes of
protecting the nation’s territorial integrity, no constitutional
provision allows for the deployment of the military for elections.

The suit challenging the deployment of military for election duties was
instituted by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Bello
Goronyo, representing Goronyo Constituency.

Justice Rilwan added that” for the federal government to do so, it must
have taken recourse to the National Assembly, which would enact such
law”.

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