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Nigerian Army reacts to alleged plot to battle out Gambia president

Posted: 13 January, 2017 at 07:00 am
Nigerian Army reacts to alleged plot to battle out Gambia president
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The Nigerian Army in response to to reports that it has raised an Army battalion that would be deployed in troubled Gambia to forcefully remove President Yahya Jammeh from power, if he fails to step down on January 19 ,has reacted to such claims.

This is coming after Premium Times had quoted military insiders as saying that the battalion called ECOMOG NIBATT 1 is presently camped at Okitipupa in Ondo state.

In a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, director army public relations, he described the report as untrue and a figment of the imagination of Premium Times.

He said: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times online news medium titled "EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh". This is not true.

“Consequently, Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such false information that exists only in the figment of the imagination of the medium. There was no time or place Nigerian Army disclosed such information to the medium. If there is any, we challenge them to name the officer or soldier that gave them such information and when.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country.”

“It should be noted that such reckless and unprofessional conduct is not expected of any reputable and responsible news medium as it is inimical to national security.

“The publication apart from being false in its entirety, it is unethical and capable of endangering the lives of Nigerians in diaspora.

“The medium is please requested to always clarify such matters affecting national security and diplomatic issues that may endanger the safety and security of Nigerians abroad to avoid such misleading and embarrassing publication.”

Recall that president jammeh had failed to step down as the Gambian president after he was defeated at the polls.

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