Defence Headquarters on Wednesday reacted to reports that officers manning the CCTV cameras at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna were asleep when terrorists attacked the facility on Tuesday.
Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Olufemi Sawyerr, issued the rebuttal in a statement.
The terrorists had on Tuesday stormed the officers’ residential quarters, killed two officers and kidnapped one.
A digital newspaper, The Cable, had quoted military sources as saying that the CCTV staff were asleep during the attack.
Sawyerr, however, denied the report and challenged The Cable “to publish forthwith verifiable proof of personnel sleeping during the incident.”
He noted that “it is therefore imperative to caution the Cable Online media to guide against being used as a propaganda tool by enemies of our dear country.
“The Cable Online should not consciously or unconsciously collaborate with these unscrupulous elements to spread unverified stories on the unfortunate event that occurred at NDA Kaduna while tarnishing the good image and reputation of personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in the eyes of the civil populace.
“It is perhaps important to mention that the AFN as a professional force consist of highly trained personnel who are dedicated to their duties of protecting lives and property of all Nigerians.
“Let me use this opportunity, to reiterate that the NDA authorities, acting on the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff has constituted a board of enquiry to ascertain the remote and immediate cause(s) of the breach of security with a view to sanction any personnel found culpable and also prevent future occurrence.
“Let me also assure that we shall continue to update the general public as events unfold as we are all aware the search and rescue of the abducted officer is still on. Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue with it’s operations to ensure all those involved in the dastardly act are brought to justice.”