By Godwin Anene
The Nigerian Army on Friday says claims by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State alleging that operatives of the 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, are planning to assassinate him were false and blackmail against its men.
The Nigerian Army described the allegation in an alleged failed plot to assassinate the former governor on Thursday night as “Lies, cheap blackmail” aimed to score cheap political points.
Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 6 Division, in response to the governor’s allegations yesterday said, “The political atmosphere has reached crescendo with key actors outwitting each other. Most worrisome is the activities of some who find pleasure in maligning the NA.
“The NA has over time reiterated and demonstrated its apolitical posture and professional responsibility in line with the Chief of Army Staff constant directive. The 6 Division over the politically motivated allegations against it in the last one week, is compelled to warn mischief makers to stay clear of the NA.
“Available intelligence report has it that series of planned campaign of column against the Div and its leadership is being perfected. The 6 Div expects more from these detractors. NA through the Div reiterates its determination to ensure the conduct of a secured, peaceful and credible 2019 general elections.
“We enjoined the electorate to avoid actions that could create chaos and insecurity during and after the elections. The public in 6 Division Area of Responsibility are requested to report suspicious actions or movement to the following numbers: 09027771482, 07055554967 09069799721 08180690553.