*Says Enenche was quoted out of context
By Augustine Osayande, PhD
The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Thursday clarified the statement attributed to Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj-Gen John Enenche, regrading the unraveling of sponsors of insurgents and bandits.
Making the clarification in a statement by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, the DHQ said the media 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
“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,” Enenche said .
He added that 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,” Enenche said
He said the publication is misleading and should therefore be disregarded. Enenche also advised 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,” he said.