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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nigerian Army raises coup alarm, warns soldiers not to mix with politics

The army chief warned all officers and soldiers interested in politics to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith
- Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, has warned soldiers of involving in politics 

- The army chief also raises coup alarm 

- Consequently, the issue has been raised with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo 

The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has warned army officials to stay off politics and politically related activities. 

The chief said this on Tuesday, May 16, in a statement issued by the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier general. 


He said: “This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts.”

Premium Times reports that although the spokesperson did not disclose the “political reasons”, but military sources said that the Army was disturbed by rumours of a coup being planned by junior officers. 

A top military official also told the news outlet that Buratai, had raised the issue with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. 

It was also reported that the coup rumour was the reason for the postings of top military generals last week. 

The army chief warned all officers and soldiers interested in politics to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith. 

“Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame,” the army spokesperson said. 

Meanwhile, the Nigerian army troop stationed at Forward Operation Base, Potiskum has arrested a suspected notorious Boko Haram commander in Yobe state. 

The suspect, a 35-year-old man called Abubaka Adamu, popularly known as 'Pepper' was arrested around New Prison area, Potiskum, Potiskum local government area, Yobe state. 

we learnt that Adamu was arrested on Sunday, May 14, by the Troops of 233 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade, of the Nigerian army. 

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