By Lawrence Audu
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has frowned at malicious and inciting videos circulating on the internet following the breach of security in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
In a statement by the Director of Defense Information Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, reacting to a video made by the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Mangu Chapter, Reverend Timothy Daluk where he alleged unprofessional acts by military personnel deployed to the area.
General Gusau noted that the video, which has been circulating in the media, is aimed at maligning military personnel deployed to address the security challenges in the Mangu general area.
“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.
Recall that on January 23, 2024, there was a breach of security in the Mangu municipal area, resulting in the Government of Plateau State declaring a 24-hour curfew.
Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN were reinforced in Mangu to enforce the curfew and bring the situation under control, thereby preventing its spread to other areas.
“The troops have carried out their duties professionally and in accordance with the rules of engagement. They have successfully arrested criminals involved in looting and burning properties, as well as recovered weapons.
“It is deeply disturbing that a religious leader, who is expected to demonstrate high levels of moral judgement and truthfulness, has resorted to spreading falsehoods about the military and its personnel.
“We want to reiterate that the military remains neutral, focused, professional, and committed to its constitutional role of protecting the lives and property of law-abiding citizens. We will deal with anybody found disobeying the law without bias or prejudice.”
General Gusau further called upon the public to support the ongoing military operations aimed at decimating non-state actors operating in these troubled areas of the state.
He stated further that the military would not be distracted by baseless accusations but would remain steadfast in its commitment to restoring peace and security.
He therefore cautioned individuals involved in making malicious comments against the military to cease such acts.
“Henceforth, any person found spreading falsehoods will face constitutional redress, regardless of their status in society.” He adds.
While assuring the public of the military’s unwavering dedication to preserving peace and security in the country, Gusau called on law-abiding citizens for their support and cooperation.