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Military denies report of coup scare, threatens legal action

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has refuted as false an alleged rumour of a military coup d’etat published in an online medium on Sunday, February 25.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Gusau said the Guards Brigade has the statutory responsibility of protecting the Presidency and the Federal Capital Territory and has always been on high alert for the discharge of its duties.

He said while the leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria gives priority to the welfare of its personnel, it, however, “detest any attempt by any individual or group to instigate the law-abiding Armed Forces of Nigeria to embark on any unconstitutional change of government in our country.

He added that the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress against the online medium for its unpatriotic act designed to cause disaffection and create unnecessary tension in the land.

The statement reads: “@DefenceInfoNG has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by SaharaReporters on 25 February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.

“The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted an emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.

“The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false. For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power (The Presidency) and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.

“Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively execute its assigned tasks.

“It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa OFR had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

“Therefore, the Defence Headquarters strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of the imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

“Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters calls on relevant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the Sahara Reporters for this unpatriotic action.

“Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country.”

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