Those plotting to scuttle the May 29 inauguration should perish the thought, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) warned yesterday.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, who issued the warning on behalf of the military high command, said nothing will disrupt the scheduled change of baton on May 29.

He spoke while fielding questions from reporters shortly after the bi-weekly press briefing.

Danmadamai said the military has not seen reasons the inauguration of the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will not hold, noting that the police and other security agencies were working to neutralise any possible threat.

According to him, military officers are always on standby to forestall any unwanted happenings before, during and after the transition billed to hold at the end of the month.

He said: “As far as internal security is concerned, the police still remain the lead agency. The Armed Forces and other security operatives are only playing a supportive role. I will reiterate that we are on standby to make sure that nothing unwanted happens.

The Issue of threat to the security and stability of the country is addressed promptly. Elections have come and gone. For the presidential election, a winner has been announced.

“There is a transition committee in place comprising all members of the security agencies, ministries and agencies of government to make sure the event is held successfully and without a glitch.

“We don’t see reasons there should be a problem during the activity. The inauguration will come and go and nothing will happen. We are not going to relent at ensuring there is peace and stability across the length and breadth of the country.”

On the allegations against the Sector Commander, Operation Safe Haven by the Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Gen.-Gen. Danmadamai said the has raised a board of inquiry.

The ACDA had faulted the security report on the recent killings in the area by the Sector Commander, Operation Safe Haven in Southern Kaduna, Brig.-Gen. Timothy Opurum.

The group, therefore, called for the military’s top brass’ removal from the state.

He said the military treats with seriousness any matters reported against its personnel, adding that such matters will be thoroughly investigated.

He said: “Whether we like it or not, sentiment will always come up, particularly when things are not favourable to your disposition.

“As it is normal in the military, when such allegations are raised, a board of inquiry would be raised to investigate the allegations.

“And whatever the outcomes and recommendations, they will be made to those Commanders and it would be done accordingly.”

: The Nation



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