The attention of the Honorable Minister of Defence Brig. Gen. Mansur Muhammad Dan Ali has been drawn to publications in some media organisations alleging that he accused some traditional rulers in the states affected by banditry of conniving with bandits.
In a press release signed by Colonel Tukur Gusau, Public Relations Officer to the Honorable Minister, the statement was not meant to discredit our highly revered traditional rulers in the states affected.
“However the statement was meant to serve as a warning to some community leaders and their surrogates.
“This is based on security reports available to the Ministry of Defence and cannot be divulged to the general public.
“The Ministry of Defence wants to once again assure all law abiding citizens of the commitment of the Armed forces of Nigeria towards protecting lives and properties of Nigerians”.