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'There are many fifth columnists in armed forces'

09 October 2014, 12:06

Abuja - The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said on Wednesday there were 'fifth columnists' in the armed forces leading to conflicting information emanating from the military.

Badeh made the allegation in Abuja, while reacting to some presentations at the start of a three-day workshop on 'Security/Media Relations in Crisis Management'.

The retreat was organised by the Office of National Security Adviser in conjunction with Trim Communications Nig. Ltd.

"If your people are misleading you, what do you do? There are too many fifth columnists.

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"There was a report which says oh, we have seen some of the Chibok girls, only eight are missing, it was a very senior officer that gave that information from Chibok area.

"We are dealing with that situation. That was when people started saying watch what Maj.-Gen. Olukolade, the Director, of Defence Information says. He was misled by one of us,’’ Badeh said.

Badeh urged journalists to be guided by national interest while reporting the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North east.

Badeh advised that although they might know many things concerning the operations but they should not report things that would hurt or create panic in the people.



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