The Defence Headquarters has accused Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum of relying on media or open-air accusation to tag Nigerian Army personnel as extortioners at check points.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, John Enenche, in a statement reacting to the accusation of the Governor said the Armed Forces of Nigeria had internal mechanisms to checkmate and sanction appropriately its erring personnel.
“The attention of the Nigerian Military has been drawn to the media/air accusation by the Executive Governor of Borno State, that Nigerian Army personnel deployed at check points in Operation LAFIYA DOLE collects money from commuters.
“While the Nigerian Military is in no way joining issues with the Governor, it is necessary to clarify this generalised statement against the troops who without hesitation lay down their lives for all Nigerians.
“It is worthy of note that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have internal mechanisms to check mate and sanction appropriately its erring personnel,” Enenche said.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, added that reported cases from the public in this regard were investigated and given the desired attention.
He said it would not be correct to rely on media or open-air accusation to tag the Nigerian Army personnel as extortioners at check points in Borno State.
Enenche further stated that all personnel of the Armed Forces were patriotic and focused on their call of duty.
He said the High Command of the Nigerian Military re-stated the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Security Agencies to tackling and ending the insurgency and terrorism in the North East.