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Military authority denies ‘collecting money at check points’ in Borno

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The Nigerian military in a statement made available to journalists, denied allegation by Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum that its troop collects money at checkpoints in the State.

The statement which was issued by the Defence Media Operations of the Nigerian Army, Major General John Enenche said the military has its own internal mechanism to checkmate erring personnel, bearing in mind that they are laying down their lives for the safety of Nigerians.

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“The attention of the Nigerian Military has been drawn to the media/air accusation by the Executive Governor of Borno State, that Nigerian Army personnel deployed at check points in Operation LAFIYA DOLE collects money from commuters.

“While the Nigerian Military is in no way joining issues with the Governor, it is necessary to clarify this generalised statement against the troops who without hesitation lay down their lives for all Nigerians.

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“It is worthy of note that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have internal mechanisms to checkmate and sanction appropriately its erring personnel.

“Additionally, reported cases from the public in this regard are investigated and given the desired attention. Thus, it will not be correct to rely on media or open air accusation to tag our gallant Nigerian Army personnel as extortioners at check points in Borno State.

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“All personnel of the Armed Forces are patriotic and focused on their call of duty.

“The High Command of the Nigerian Military hereby re-states the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Security Agencies to tackling and ending the insurgency and terrorism in the North East.

“You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium. Thanks for your usual cooperation.”

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