The Director of Defence Information,Major General Chris Olukolade has debunked media reports Friday of an attack on Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.
“The alleged attack on the convoy of Governor Nyako as presented in a breaking news report on some television channels this afternoon is not true” the defence spokesman said in a statement.
Major General Olukolade revealed that “The truth is that the Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako visited Michika and Shuwa areas of the State to sympathise with the communities that were attacked by terrorists recently. While returning, the convoy came across a noticeable pandemonium which resulted from the alarm raised by some people who had mistaken a convoy movement of troops on patrol at Kirchinga village, for another impending attack by terrorists. In the ensuing stampede and confusion, people scampered into the bush ostensibly to escape from those mistaken for terrorists.”
According to the defence spokesman,”The incident which was presented as a ‘Breaking News’ and scrolled on TV is therefore not a true reflection of what actually happened. The report is capable of causing unnecessary anxiety and heightening tension. “
According to him, “The military authorities therefore find it necessary to put the records straight and call on residents to go about their normal activities while remaining vigilant. The operations in the North East are being consolidated and every effort is made to stop the terrorists from continuing their atrocities in that part of the country.”