Monday, 23 January 2017

Why Buratai sued Premium Times – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army on Monday said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, sued the Nigerian online newspaper, Premium Times, for libel after it failed to retract a story published on its medium.

In a statement on Monday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Army explained that the suit “is between the person of Lieutenant General TY Buratai and the Premium Times and not the Nigerian Army” adding that the case had nothing to do with “disclosure of military information by the medium” as insinuated in some quarters.

It, however, noted that the Army is preparing a separate case bordering on the “jeopardising military operations, fraudulent obtaining and disclosure of military information that led to deaths and loss of equipment” against Premium Times.

The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to erroneous impressions and insinuations on a libel case against the Premium Times to whip up sentiments.

“Therefore, we wish to clarify that the issue at hand is purely allegation of libel in which Premium Times falsely and unjustifiably accused the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of false declaration of assets, owning mansions and estates in Dubai and further stated that he was being investigated by Code of Conduct Bureau for false declaration of assets in their publication of 12th December 2015.

“Consequently, concerted efforts were made to make Premium Times retract the story and apologise, to no avail.

“As a law-abiding citizen, he took appropriate legal steps of seeking redress through the courts.

“Therefore, this case is between the person of Lieutenant General TY Buratai and the Premium Times and not the Nigerian Army; the issue at hand is libel and not about disclosure of military information by the medium.

“The case between the Nigerian Army and the Premium Times of jeopardising military operations, fraudulent obtaining and disclosure of military information that led to deaths and loss of equipment, is still in the offing. “
 
 
 
Source: PUNCH

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