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Army authorities deny plot to assassinate Gov Gaidam, others

By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja -  Authorities of the Nigerian Army yesterday washed their hands of a purported security report which allegedly emanated from its Directorate of Military Intelligence to the effect that Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State and other key functionaries of his administration are to be assassinated.

The Governor had in a news conference he granted in his state said the report was prepared by the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

A statement signed by Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade, Director of Army Public Relations, said: “Without prejudice to the contents and substance of the report, the Nigerian Army wishes to state emphatically that the report did not emanate from its Directorate of Military Intelligence as claimed.

“Additionally, the Nigerian Army wishes to point out that the Directorate of Military Intelligence being an outfit of the Nigerian Army is answerable to the Chief of Army Staff, and therefore could not have breached the established channel of communication to the extent of writing a security report for a state chief executive.

“In as much as the Directorate of Military Intelligence also functions to enhance national security, the agency has not been tasked with security of political office holders and state government functionaries. In this instance therefore, the Army Headquarters is certain that the alleged report did not originate from the Directorate of Military Intelligence,” the statement said.


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