By Linus Aleke, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has begun an investigation into the viral video involving bandits, brandishing dangerous weapons, in the presence of soldiers, allegedly for peace meetings in Katsina State.
Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, who said that the investigation into the troubling story is ongoing, noted that the report of the investigation will authenticate the veracity or otherwise of the trending video.
General Tukur Gusau, said: “The attention of the Defence Headquarters was drawn to a video clip in circulation across the social media handles of some soldiers engaging with bandits somewhere in Katsina State. The DHQ is investigating the video to confirm its authenticity as regards the soldiers seen in uniform. The DHQ is aware of the resolve of some bandits to repent and hand over their weapons to the authorities. This is yielding good results and is ongoing”.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, assures Nigerians that the AFN will engage in every lawful means possible to ensure peace and stability reign in our dear nation.
The DHQ assures Nigerians that its non-kinetic measures aimed at the restoration of peace are yielding results, with several bandits and other criminal elements surrendering to authority.
Governments at all levels, the statement said, are encouraged to allow bandits genuinely, and willing to surrender, to do so, while, the window is still open.
Defence Headquarters, the statement concluded, is doing everything possible to restore peace and tranquillity, all over the country, while urging all citizens to remain calm and be law-abiding.