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Chief of army staff, Nigerian army drag online medium, Premium Times to court

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…Jude Johnson   
The Nigerian army has instituted a legal action against an online publication, the Premium Times over its failure to retract and apologize over what it alleged as false, subversive and malicious publications against the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai and the Nigerian army.
The director of army public relations Sani Usman on Tuesday, January 10, said all efforts to make the medium make amend proved abortive.
Consequently, Usman, a brigadier general said,  the Nigerian army earlier sent a letter to the management of the of the online publishers to retract and apologize before December 31, 2016.
“The medium however remained adamant and recalcitrant,” Usman said.
The army spokesperson added that having failed to heed to their demand, the Nigerian army has briefed its lawyers to institute legal action against the medium.
However, Premium Times on its platform has said, it stands by its stories on the planned invitation of the chief of staff by the Code of Conduct Bureau for asset verification, the disappearance of a high number of soldiers after a Boko Haram attack and an investigation detailing how soldiers allegedly killed a kidnapped pastor and labeled him a kidnapper.
The Editor-in-chief of the newspaper Musikilu Mojeed said: “All I can say at this point is that we stand by our stories. We have passed the letter to our lawyers for appropriate response. I can assure you they (the Army) will get an appropriate response before long.”


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