Posted by News Express | 12 December 2015 | 4,990 times
The Nigerian Army minutes ago confirmed the exclusive report by News Express on the assassination attempt on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. TY Buratai, an act which it blames on the Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, gave details of the inicident in a statement, attaching photos of alleged Shiite members blocking the road and armed with dangerous weapons ostensibly to attack the Army Chief and members of his convoy. The statement reads:
“The Shiite Sect on the orders of their leader, Ibrahim Alzak-zaky today afternoon in Zaria attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff while on his way to pay homage on the Emir of Zazzau and attend the Passing Out Parade of 73 Regular Recruits Intake of Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria.
“The sect numbering hundreds carrying dangerous weapons, barricaded the roads with bonfires, heavy stones and tyres. They refused all entreaties to disperse and then started firing and pelting the convoy with dangerous objects. The barricade was obviously a deliberate attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff and members of his entourage while on a legitimate official assignment as Special Guest of Honour at the passing out parade which has earlier been widely publicised.
“The troops responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff on hearing explosion and firing were left with no choice than to defend him and the convoy at all cost as well as open up the barricaded road for law abiding citizens. This is in line with the Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct. This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated from any individual or groups and should not be allowed to repeat itself.
“We wish to implore all Nigerians to continue to be law abiding and remain conscious of other people’s right to life, freedom of movement and passage. The Chief of Army escaped unhurt and continued with his duties.”
•Photo shows alleged Shiite members blcoking the road with the intent of attacking Army Chief, Gen. Buratai . . . this afternoon in Zaria.
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