Abuja - The military has denied the report that helicopters were used to evacuate family members of Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh from Mubi.
A statement from the the Defence Headquarters said the article contained “strings of deliberate falsehood and spurious allegations.”
“The attention of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been drawn to an article with the caption, “The Helicopters that evacuated CDS Badeh’s family from Mubi: A lesson for All Nigerians” written by a certain Elvis Iyorngurum and posted in an on-line news outlet, on the 6th of November, 2014. The said article which contained strings of deliberate falsehood and spurious allegations claimed that few hours before the attack on Mubi by the terrorists, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh flew in helicopters and evacuated his family from the town and abandoned everyone else to their fate,” the statement read.
It added that the Defence Headquarters remained at a loss as to the motive for the unconscionable fabrications.
“It is pertinent to quickly repudiate the false claim and to state clearly that at no time did the CDS send any helicopter to evacuate any of his family members before, during or after the attack on his home town. Contrary to the claims by the author, the helicopter that flew to Mubi was on an operational mission to reinforce the ground troops in preparation of efforts to repel the attack. The helicopter did not convey any civilian or relation of the CDS as disdainfully insinuated in the article”.
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The Defence Headquarters statement added that the said falsehood packaged against the Chief of Defence Staff has further made viral on the social media and it can no longer be dismissed as one of those careless efforts in the campaign to tarnish the name and integrity of this senior officer and the Armed Forces who are doing their best to address the security situation in the country. “The damage done by the fabrications contained in that article has not only personal, but national security implications.”
It said the Chief of Defence Staff has the interest of the entire citizens of Nigeria, whom he swore to protect in his heart and any insinuation that the he is self-centred and insensitive to the plight of his people is wicked and damaging indeed.
The Defence Headquarters reassured Nigerians that as a patriot and one on whose shoulders the leadership of Nigerian Armed Forces rests, the Chief of Defence Staff has honestly reaffirmed severally that he considers every Nigerian and every part of Nigeria as deserving of equal protection especially at this challenging times.
“The Chief of Defence Staff CDS is pained at the mindless carnage and bloody violence perpetrated against innocent Nigerians by the terrorist group. Contrary to the falsehood bandied around by a number of professional critics and detractors, the Chief of Defence Staff believes that every town or village under attack deserves protection whether it is his home town or not.”
- CAJ News