The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it has reported Mr. Timi Frank, a supporter of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the 2019 general election to the “for immediate arrest and prosecution for fake news and related offences.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, said in a statement that the action was in reaction to allegation by Mr. Frank published by a section of the media that President Muhammadu Buhari and top chieftains of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC held a nocturnal meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, with intent to rig nex Saturday’s Presidential election.
Yusuf described Frank as a “disgruntled person, who has severally tried to malign the person of Buratai.”
“The deluded Timi Frank, who claimed he had incontrovertible evidence provided by sources in the know about the alleged nocturnal meeting, however, could not substantiate his accusations with any reasonable facts besides his concocted hogwash.
“For the record, as well as for the education of the likes of Mr Timi Frank, the President, C-in-C is at liberty to hold a meeting with his Service Chiefs at whatever time most suitable, which was not even the case here, as nothing of such happened,” Yusuf said.
Yusuf said the Army is an apolitical institution and would continue to remain so while carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.
He warned those it described as mischief makers to steer clear of dragging it or its leadership into matters that are purely political.