The Nigeria Police Force has announced on its Twitter handle on Wednesday that it is investigating the authenticity of a photo showing some policemen endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
The Police tweeted that “IGP M. A Adamu has charged the Digital and Forensic Unit of the police to investigate the authenticity of the photo to ascertain whether it is real or photo-shopped. The outcome of the investigation and appropriate actions will be made known to the public.”
Recall that a photo had gone viral on social media, showing three policemen throwing up eight fingers, a sign that has been adopted by the Buhari campaign organisation to mean ‘four plus four’.
Also the Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it is looking into another photo of soldiers endorsing Buhari, which surfaced on social media.
In the photo, four soldiers in camouflage uniform wielding AK47 rifles, are seen holding up eight fingers, meaning contuinity for the president
This was disclosed by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen John Agim in a statement.
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic party had accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to use the security forces to rig the 2019 elections.
But Agim assured that the military would remain neutral during the elections.
He said, “The Defence Headquarters wishes to disassociate itself from the pictures of the four armed men dressed in military camouflage doing a ‘four by four’ fingers sign connoting a campaign symbol of a political party.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is apolitical and remains apolitical. The pictures are being investigated to ascertain the true identity of the men in the photograph. If it is found out that they are military personnel, they will be sanctioned according to extant rules and regulations.”