DHQ Refutes Report Of Guards Brigade Placed On High Alert Over Suspicion Of Coup Plot

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Ayuba Sanusi 

THE Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied an online report that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.

DHQ, in a statement this morning, 26th February 2024, signed by Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, Acting Director of Defence Information, said 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 executive 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.”

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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