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Nigerian army: Libel suit’s between Premium Times and Buratai

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…Jude Johnson 
The Nigerian army has exempted its self from the ongoing legal battle between the online medium, Premium Times and Chief of Army Staff  (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The Director of Army Public Relations  (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, on Monday, January 23, clarified that the controversy which have seen the arrest of Premium Times Boss Dapo Olorunyomi is based on libel.
Usman stated: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to erroneous impressions and insinuations on a libel case against the Premium Times to whip up sentiments.

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“Therefore, we wish to clarify that the issue at hand is purely allegation of libel  in which Premium Times falsely and unjustifiably accused the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of false declaration of assets, owning mansions and estates in Dubai and further stated  that he was being investigated by Code of Conduct Bureau for false declaration of assets in their publication of 12th December 2015.”

He said that  concerted efforts were made to make Premium Times retract the story and apologize, to no avail.

As a law-abiding citizen, he said, Buratai  took appropriate legal steps of seeking redress through the courts.

“Therefore, this case is between the person of  Lieutenant General TY Buratai and the Premium Times and not the Nigerian Army; the issue at hand is libel and not about disclosure of military information by the medium,” he insisted.Usman stressed that the “case between the Nigerian Army and the Premium Times of jeopardizing military operations, fraudulent obtaining and disclosure of military information that led to deaths and loss of equipment, is still in the offing”.

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