The Nigerian army and the police say they have launched a probe into pictures of soldiers and policemen seen doing the “4 + 4” campaign signature of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Pictures of the soldiers and policemen portraying the sign went viral on social media, causing Nigerians to accuse both security agencies of being compromised.
But reacting via separate statements, the army and the police said they were working to verify the authenticity of the pictures and to carry out action afterwards.
Sagir Musa, acting director of army public relations, said the act is against the code of conduct of the army.
“The NA wishes to dissociate itself from the picture even as it has commenced immediate investigation with the view to ascertain the source and authenticity of the pictures and the “soldiers’ involved,” he said.
“If the outcome of the investigation confirm this to be true, appropriate sanctions would be provided. NA of today under the command of Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai do not condone or encourage indiscipline and any form of professional misconduct.
“On many occasions, the Chief of Army Staff has made it strongly clear that Army personnel will remain neutral, totally apolitical and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise.”
Similarly, the police posted a tweet that the inspector-general of police has charged the digital and forensic unit of the police to investigate the authenticity of the photo, “to ascertain whether it’s real or photo-shopped.”
The IGP M.A Adamu has charged the Digital and Forensic Unit of @PoliceNG to investigate the authenticity of this photo, to ascertain whether it's real or photo-shopped. The outcome of the investigation and appropriate actions will be made known to the public. https://t.co/BkMrdjQRm5
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) February 18, 2019
This comes as Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) warned security agencies to remain neutral during the polls, saying elections were a ‘civil matter’.