Military dismisses coup rumors

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By Emmanuel Obisue

Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has refuted claims suggesting that the Guards Brigade was placed on high alert due to unusual activities, sparking suspicions of a coup plot in Nigeria.

According to a statement released by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, in Abuja on Monday, the military dismissed the allegation published by an online publication on Sunday as baseless and malicious.

Gusau said the publication also alleged amongst other things that the suspicion prompted an emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.

“The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.

“Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively execute its assigned tasks,” he said.

Gusau recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

”The DHQ strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

”The DHQ has called on relevant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the publisher of the article.

“Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country,” he added.