DHQ denies commenting on senate directive



Major-General-Chris-OlukoladeThe Defence Headquarters described as incredible online news report in the Daily Newswatch newspaper of 27th February, 2014 where it claimed that the Director of Defence Information, Major Chris Olukolade granted it a telephone Senate directive the Chief of Army Staff.
According a statement issued Friday morning the Defence Headquarters said “The paper claimed in the purported that Gen Olukolade said the Senate does not have the powers order the military around. It went further attribute several unbelievable statements Olukolade as regards the Senate on Defence and Army’s directive to the Chief of Army Staff fight against terror in the north east.

“We wish to state categorically and unequivocally that the Director of Defence Information did not at any time and in any form grant to the said newspaper or any media organization issue. The Defence Headquarters is completely at loss on how the paper concocted such story and mischievously attributes it to Gen Olukolade.

The statement issued by the Director Defence Information Major Chris Olukolade said “It is even more shocking to note that the paper willfully syndicated the spurious interview to some online media outfits with the intent to brew discontent between the revered Senate of the Federal Republic of and the Armed .

He added that “The Defence Headquarters and indeed the Armed hold the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the highest esteem knowing that as a key of Government whose it is to make laws the country, its resolution and decisions are not to be trivialized, questioned or repudiated in the manner the paper attributed to the director of Defence Information. We challenge the paper to produce the tape recording of the said interview if it lays claim to any credibility as a conveyor of truth.

“The general public is hereby urged to totally disregard the spurious and non-existent ‘interview’ as it is clearly a handiwork of mischief makers who are craving undeserved popularity”Olukolade said.

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