The Nigerian Army has refuted a report which first appeared on Premium Times saying that troops were being prepared to attack Gambia with the view of unseating President Yahya Jammeh.
In an e-mailed statement to The Trent delivered on Thursday, January 12, 2017 Brigadier General Sani Usman said that there is no truth to the report.
The Nigerian Army slammed Premium Times saying that the report was unethical and also had the potential of endangering the lives of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times online news medium titled “EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh,” General Usman wrote. “This is not true.”
“Consequently, Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such false information that exists only in the figment of the imagination of the medium.
“There was no time or place Nigerian Army disclosed such information to the medium. If there is any, we challenge them to name the officer or soldier that gave them such information and when.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country.
“It should be noted that such reckless and unprofessional conduct is not expected of any reputable and responsible news medium as it is inimical to national security.
“The publication apart from being false in its entirety, it is unethical and capable of endangering the lives of Nigerians in diaspora.
“The medium is please requested to always clarify such matters affecting national security and diplomatic issues that may endanger the safety and security of Nigerians abroad to avoid such misleading and embarrassing publication,” Usman ended.