By Our Correspondent

The Nigerian Defense Headquarters (DHQ) has cleared the air on what it termed ‘malicious and unfounded’ publication in the media (not The Profile Newspaper) which suggested their men have been put on alert due to suspicion of coup plot in the country.

In a Press Release signed off by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Tukur Gusau, the military authorities, while faulting the publication noted that the Guards Brigade had always been on high alert for effective discharge of its assigned tasks.

The release reads “The attention of the Defence Headquarters @DefenceInfoNG has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by SaharaReporters on 25  February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.  The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.

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“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 execute 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 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”.