The Nigerian Army has given the Acting Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Kaduna State Branch, Alhaji SI Danladi Wada 3 days ultimatum to apologize over his unfounded allegation against the GOC 1 division, that soldiers of the division alongside officials of KASUPDA carried out the demolition of the APC office.
The army stated that despite the fact that the allegation credited to Alhaji Wada was untrue, the Acting APC Chairman has is yet to be remorseful over such misdeed and futile attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army through such spurious allegations.
It has therefore called on the acting Chairman of Kaduna State branch of APC, Alhaji Wada to withdraw the statement and tender an unreserved apology to the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army within 3 days from today.
The statement signed by Col AA Yusuf on behalf of Brigadier General Sani Usman, Director, Army Public Relations is titled, ‘Re: Army Demolishes APC Secretariat in Kaduna, Nigerian Army Demands Retraction and Apology.
It said, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a press statement by the Acting Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Kaduna State branch, Alhaji SI Danladi Wada, in which he made some unfounded allegations against the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, his officers and soldiers. Alhaji Wada further alleged that Kaduna State Government used soldiers in conjunction with KASUPDA to demolish a property in Kaduna.
“The statement is baseless and not true. The 1 Division Nigerian Army through a press release categorically states that no Nigerian Army soldier was involved in the said demolition exercise.
“The allegation and the attempt to drag the Nigerian Army into the issue of demolition is yet another baseless and unsubstantiated claim to malign the hardworking, loyal and professional officers and soldiers of Nigerian Army to discredit them.
“Contrary to claims, the Nigerian Army has not been involved in any illegal activity of either harassment of politicians or demolition of their properties in Kaduna and its environs.
“Despite the fact that his claims were outright false and mischievous, Alhaji Wada is yet to be remorseful over such misdeed and futile attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army through such spurious allegations.
“Consequently, the Nigerian Army therefore calls on the acting Chairman of Kaduna State branch of APC, Alhaji SI Danladi Wada to withdraw the statement and tender an unreserved apology to the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army within 3 days from today.
“Failure to do so, we will be obliged to take legal action against him.”
Konduga – Bama – Gwoza road
Meanwhile, the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole operating in the North East of Nigeria is set to reopen some major roads in Borno after over three years.
The roads to be opened are Konduga – Bama, Bama – Banki and Bama – Gwoza roads. The theatre command is expected to officially open the road first week of March.
The roads to be reopened according to sources are among the major and most strategic roads in Borno, linking the state to Adamawa and other borders markets and towns of the state.
Throughout the period of closure, motorists take several hours and days to access the local governments via Damboa.
With this development, almost all major roads in the state are reopened.
Two years ago, in July 2016, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. TY Buratai who was with his men on the front lines of the war against Boko Haram just last Saturday, re-opened the Maiduguri – Dikwa – Gomboru road.
Other roads reopened after several months and years of closure are Maiduguri – Damboa road and Maiduguri – Baga road.