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Nigerian Army denies involvement in abduction of PDP chieftain

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The Nigerian Army has denied alleged involvement of its personnel in the abduction of  a PDP Chieftain, Mr Bibi Oweifa in Bayelsa state with particular reference to a publication by Leadership Newspapers dated 24 July.
Director Army Public Relations, Texas Chukwu in a statement on Thursday said that the the  report stated inter alia that  the All Progressive Congress Bayelsa State Chapter, accused the Nigerian Army of complicity in the recent abduction of one of the Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Bibi Oweifa less than 48 hours to his planned defection to APC.
He said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to state categorically that the allegation is not only untrue but capable of misleading members of the public as well as maligning the reputation and the good image of the Nigerian Army.
Contrary to the report and to put  the records in the proper perspective, the Nigerian Army wishes to state that troops deployed for Internal Security operations in Bayelsa State and its environs do not involve in partisan politics. Also, no soldier was involved in the alleged abduction as the Rules of Engagement for soldiers deployed in Internal Security operations are clearly spelt out”.
Chukwu therefore called on members of the media to always exercise caution and verify facts before going to the press to avoid misinforming the public on vital issues that may cause disaffection.
He added that the Nigerian Army wishes to state that the fight against pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminality in the Niger Delta region is yielding positive result that lead to the peace enjoyed in the area.


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