Army dismisses reports of alleged supply of inferior armoured vehicles

The Nigerian Army has dismissed a by an online medium that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim threatened to blacklist a Chinese firm over alleged supply of inferior armoured vehicles.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Saturday, said that the online claimed that the firm supplied inferior armoured vehicles to Nigerian army

Yerima said that the entirety of the said story a figment of the author’s imagination.

He said that did not at any time in any event made any comment nor had any interview subject either with the author anybody for that matter.

According to him, the story is false, misleading and a deliberate fabrication ostensibly published to serve a yet to be determined motive.

“Whatever the motive is, we consider this publication as not only unprofessional but very unfair to the Chief of Army staff.

“We demand from the publishers of African Military, immediate retraction of the concocted story as it runs against the grain of professional journalism to willfully and wrongfully attribute a story to an unsuspecting party.

“The Nigerian Army recognises and appreciates the indispensable partnership with the in the quest for a secured, and progressive .

“It is therefore, advisable that professionalism must guide the conduct of practice,” he said.

Meanwhile, the affected medium, military Africa had through its’ tweeter handle @militaryafrica on Saturday, tendered apologies to the Nigerian Army and retracted the said story.

“Our attention has been drawn to a particular article written by Ekene Lionel, and Titled: Norinco under for supplying inferior armoured vehicles to .

“We’ll like to tender a sincere apologies those likely to be affected by the article, particularly the gallant troops of the Army @HQNigerianArmy.

“After further investigation, we now understand that the article is truly false and inaccurate. With that, the article has been removed.

“Military Africa has always stood side of truth, factual, accurate and impartial defense coverage,” it said. (NAN)