House of Representatives reject military’s OPI Exercise.

The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the planned Operation Positive Identification exercise – OPI by the military.

The House of Representatives made this decision following a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, at the plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

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Operation Positive Identification is an operation the military claims would allow Nigerians to provide documentary proof of identity to separate citizens from aliens. Also to checkmate bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militias and other criminal elements in the society.

Elumelu however, described the proposed operation as “infringement on the rights of Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, amongst other lawmakers who supported the motion, said the proposed plan was not within the mandate of the army.

The house unanimously supported the motion. Futher mandating its committee on army to meet with the chief of Army Staff for a clear understanding of the reason for the operation.


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