Nigerian Army clears the air on palaver with Premium Times
Posted by News Express | 23 January 2017 | 1,602 times
Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. SK Usman.
The Nigerian Army has frowned at what it described as erroneous impressions and insinuations on a libel case instituted against Premium Times, to whip up sentiments.
In a statement issued on Monday, Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, said that “the issue at hand is purely allegation of libel in which Premium Times falsely and unjustifiably accused the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of false declaration of assets, owning mansions and estates in Dubai and further stated that he was being investigated by Code of Conduct Bureau for false declaration of assets in their publication of 12th December 2015.
According to the Army Spokesman, “Consequently, concerted efforts were made to make Premium Times retract the story and apologise, to no avail. As a law-abiding citizen, he took appropriate legal steps of seeking redress through the courts.
“Therefore, this case is between the person of Lieutenant General TY Buratai and the Premium Times and not the Nigerian Army; the issue at hand is libel and not about disclosure of military information by the medium.
“The case between the Nigerian Army and the Premium Times of jeopardising military operations, fraudulent obtaining and disclosure of military information that led to deaths and loss of equipment, is still in the offing.”