The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday warned that anyone found spreading false information to tarnish the image of military will face constitutional redress.
The Defence Spokesperson, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, issued out the warning at a press briefing in Abuja, while responding to a video by Reverend Timothy Daluk of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Mangu Chapter, accusing the military of bias in handling the crisis in Magu general area, Plateau State.
General Gusau said, “The video made baseless and untrue accusations, claiming that the military is biased and supports a particular group against others. We categorically state that these accusations hold no truth, are malicious and lack any reasonable foundation,” he stated.
He noted that upon the breach of security on 23 January 2024 in the Mangu municipal area, the Plateau State Government declared a 24-hour curfew and troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN were reinforced to enforce the curfew and bring normalcy in the area to prevent its spread.
Expressing concern over the religious leader’s dissemination of falsehoods, General Gusau affirmed the military’s commitment to neutrality and professionalism in protecting citizens’ lives and property.
“We will not be distracted by baseless accusations and remain steadfast in our commitment to restoring peace and security,” he added.
He urged the public to support ongoing military operations in troubled areas, emphasizing that baseless accusations would not distract from the mission to restore peace and security.
“We will deal with anybody found disobeying the law, without bias or prejudice.
“We therefore call upon the public to support the ongoing military operations aimed at decimating non-state actors operating in these troubled areas of the State,” he noted.