The Nigeria Army has said it will investigate and track down those behind the recent allegation that some of its officers had approached the Niger Delta militants for support to carry out a coup against the Buhari led government.
Denying that it was plotting to topple the democratic government, the Army said it will leave no stone unturned until persons linked to such dangerous speculation were brought to book. Spokesman for the army, Sani Usman, said in a statement yesterday that the Nigerian Army, as a product of democracy, would never contemplate such “anti-democratic misadventure.”
Usman, who distanced the Army from the claim, described it as a distraction to the efforts of the service to fight insurgency and other criminal elements in the society.
He said under the command of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai,, the Army would rather remain focused as a professional institution that would have nothing to do with such “abomination and heinous crime.” He said the army would always remain loyal to the office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while defending the constitution and territorial integrity of the country.
This came as Defence Headquarters yesterday announced that a new commander, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, had been appointed for the new joint security outfit for the Niger Delta, following the scrapping of ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ by the Federal Government, which had now been renamed, ‘Operation Delta Safe. Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie until his appointment was the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, Lagos. His appointment is with immediate effect. This was contained in a statement by Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar.