The Nigerian Army Says its Headquarters 3 Division has noted with concern a campaign of calumny against the person of Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army/Commander Operation Safe Haven but added that such plots will fail.
“The posts claimed that the GOC is from Miango Community hence he is supporting the Fulanis against the Irigwes among other wild and unsubstantiated allegations”.
A statement by Major Eli Lazarus,Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations titled ‘Who is Major General Sallau Alisaid, “Ordinarily, one should not bother responding to such malicious posts by faceless writers because of its manifest twisting of facts for selfish gains.
“However, as a professional soldier and a detribalised Nigerian who is passionate about the restoration of sustainable peace in Plateau state and beyond, the record will be put straight.
“Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali was born in Nasarawa, Kano Municipal Council of Kano State to family of Late Alhaji Sallau Ali and Late Hajia Aishatu Ibrahim (God rest their souls).
“He attended Lebanon Primary School Kano in 1974 and proceeded to Saint Thomas Secondary School Kano in 1980.
“Major General Ali attended the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna and completed his Cadet training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom.
“Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali attended several military courses and served in different theatres of operation within and outside the country.
“The GOC survived gunshot wounds sustained in 2 separate operations in the past.
“He succeeded Brigadier General BA Muhammad as the 41st GOC 3 Division Nigerian Army and Major General DC Onyemulu as Commander Operation Safe Haven on 12 and 13 July respectively.
“Such a General that is lucky to be alive today certainly knows and appreciates the value of peace in any part of the country.
“Therefore, the public is urged to discountenance the smear campaign designed to distract the GOC and our gallant troops from discharging their legitimate duties of maintaining peace on the Plateau.
“We also urge all law abiding citizens to cooperate with security agencies by providing credible information that would help to curb criminality in the state.”