The five-man panel of inquiry set up by the Army to investigate the roles of its officers and men during the 2014 elections in Ekiti and Osun states as well as the 2015 general elections in some areas is yet to receive any petition from the public or Civil Society Organisations (CSO).
The panel, which has the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Headquarters, 1 Division, Kaduna, Maj-Gen Adeniyi Oyebade as its President, confirmed this at a briefing on the update of its sitting which began on Monday.
Gen Oyebade, however said, commanders and officers deployed in the affected states had been giving their testimonies.
The President of the panel said there was nothing secret in the task given to them by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lit-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, adding that the interrogation of the officers will be carried out in-house behind closed doors while testimonies from the public may be open for media coverage.
“As we speak we are yet to receive any petition or memorandum from the public or civil society organisation. All petitions from the public will be treated with utmost dignity and respect and they have no reason to fear.”
General Oyebade reiterated that the panel has up till November 20 for receipt of any petition or memorandum and till November 26 to submit its report and recommendations to the COAS for further action.
The panel has Col. Danladi Salihu as the secretary; Brig-Gen Emmanuel Kabuk, Brig-Gen Sunday Araoye and Brig-Gen Baba Ibrahim are members.
The panel President said: “On this note, I would like to call on all the strata in the society and of course, the public to please as a matter of urgency appear in person if they so wish and forward their petitions in form of memorandum either personally to Headquarters 1 Division, Kawo, Kaduna or via courier addressed to the Secretary, Panel of Investigation on Elections, HQ 1 Division, Kawo, Kaduna.”