The Defence Headquarters has thrown more light on in the issue of efforts by security agencies to apprehend sponsors and financiers of Boko Haram terrorists saying it is the collective responsibility of the Intelligence Fusion Centre and components of the armed forces to apprehend them
Reacting to misconceptions on the remarks of the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche on the subject, the Defence headquarters said the kinetics of operations involves the DSS, NIA, the Armed Forces, Police and other security agencies in the country.
In a disclaimer entitled, ‘RE- IT IS NOT OUR DUTY TO UNRAVEL BOKO HARAM SPONSORS”, DHQ said, “The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a publication in some quarters with the above caption attributing it to a statement made by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations.
“For the records, the Coordinator only explained that unraveling sponsors of Boko Haram, Bandits and other criminal groups is the collective responsibility of the Intelligence fusion centre, where both the Defence Intelligence Agency, Department of State Service and National Intelligence Agency work in harmony, while kinetics of operations is handled by relevant components of the Military.
“It is also on record that these agencies and the Armed Forces of Nigeria work together in all the Theatres of operations in the country.
“Recall also that recently, the Chief of Defence Staff even had National security meeting engagements with the various Heads of these security agencies and the Service Chiefs with a view to re-strategising the ongoing war against criminal elements.
“The Coordinator was quoted out of context by some media sources.
“The publication is misleading and should therefore be disregarded.
‘It is kindly advised that Journalists put in due diligence, to package stories in the right context before rushing to publish.
“We will remain accessible to the media for corroboration as well as verification of relevant news items.
“Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.”
Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters 2 July 2020.
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