The Defence Headquarters has denied claims that military personnel monitoring the closed-circuit television, CCTV at the Nigerian Defence Academy were sleeping when the attack on the facility happened.
Director Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Sawyer in a statement on Wednesday said the allegation is untrue and hence challenge the Online media to publish forthwith a verifiable proof of personnel sleeping during the incident.
The attention of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been drawn to a news publication by Cable online news media claiming that personnel on duty at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) CCTV monitoring room were sleeping when bandits attacked the officers’ residential quarters leading to the death of two officers and the abduction of 1 other officer.
The statement, therefore, cautions the Cable Online media to guide against being used as a propaganda tool by enemies of the country.
” The Cable Online should not consciously or unconsciously collaborate with these unscrupulous elements to spread unverified stories on the unfortunate event that occurred at NDA Kaduna while tarnishing the good image and reputation of personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in the eyes of the civil populace.”
According to the statement, the Nigeria Armed Forces AFN as a professional force consist of highly trained personnel who are dedicated to their duties of protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians.
It further reiterates that the NDA authorities has constituted a board of enquiry to ascertain the remote and immediate cause(s) of the breach of security with a view to sanctioning any personnel found culpable and also prevent future occurrence.
The statement, however, notes that the Armed forces will continue to update the general public as events unfold as the search and rescue of the abducted officer is still on.
It adds that troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue with their operations to ensure all those involved in the dastardly act are brought to justice.