- The Nigerian Army has warned politicians to desist from dragging the army into political issues
- Army spokesperson said it has reported former APC spokesperson, Timi Frank, to the police for immediate arrest and prosecution for fake news
- Frank had alleged that President Buhari and some INEC members met with the Chief of Army Staff, with intent to rig the February 16 presidential election
The Nigerian Army on Sunday, February 10, warned those it described as mischief makers to steer clear of dragging it or its leadership into matters that are purely political.
It insisted in a statement issued by its acting director, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, that it is an apolitical institution and would continue to remain so while carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.
Yusuf was reacting to an allegation by Timi Frank, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as published by a section of the media.
He said Frank alleged in the publication that President Muhammadu Buhari and some INEC members held a nocturnal meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, with intent to rig the Saturday presidential election.
He, however, said the army had reported Timi Frank to the Nigeria Police “for immediate arrest and prosecution for fake news and related offences against the leadership of the army.
Yusuf described Frank as a “disgruntled person, who has severally tried to malign the person of Buratai.”
“The deluded Timi Frank, who claimed he had incontrovertible evidence provided by sources in the know about the alleged nocturnal meeting, however, could not substantiate his accusations with any reasonable facts besides his concocted hogwash.
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“For the record, as well as for the education of the likes of Mr Timi Frank, the President, C-in-C is at liberty to hold a meeting with his Service Chiefs at whatever time most suitable, which was not even the case here, as nothing of such happened," Yusuf said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warned the military to steer clear of the electioneering processes.
Atiku made the warning in Calabar on Friday, February 8, during a presidential rally held at UJ Esuene Stadium.
The former vice president said the electioneering processes do not involve the military, adding that the police are those who are supposed to play minimal role during elections.
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