By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In a swift reaction to insinuations that personnel of the Nigerian Army were involved in the demolition of New APC Secretariat in Kaduna in the early hours of Tuesday February 20, 2018, the Army has denied involvement of its officers or men.
The denial was contained in a statement titled: ‘RE: ARMY DEMOLISH PROPERTY IN KADUNA’ signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations
1 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Muhammad Dole on Tuesday evening.
“The attention of the 1 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a Twitter message, report in mass and social media of alleged involvement of military personnel in the demolition of a politician’s property by KASUPDA in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
“This is not true. No Nigerian Army soldier was involved in the exercise.The allegation and the attempt to drag the Nigerian Army into the issue of demolition is yet another baseless and unsubstantiated claim to malign the hardworking, loyal and professional officers and soldiers of 1 Division Nigerian Army and discredit them,” it emphasized.
It stated that contrary to claims, the troops of 1 Division have not been involved in any illegal activity of either harassment of politicians or demolition of their properties in Kaduna and its environs.
“Therefore this claim remains the highest mischief and misleading and it is viewed as another calculated attempt to distract our troops from performing their professional duties. Therefore, the public should disregard such false allegation.
“he troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army will continue to remain apolitical and non-partisan in the discharge of their constitutional roles. Presently our troops are dutifully engage in EXERCISE AYEM AKPATUMA (CAT RACE) in Niger and Kaduna states, combating Kidnappings, Cattle rustling, armed banditry and Terrorism,” it assured.