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Army in legal clash with online newspaper

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Army in legal clash with online newspaper

The Nigerian Army says it has instituted a legal action against an online publication, the Premium Times over its failure to retract and apologize over false, subversive and malicious publications against the person of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Nigerian Army.

The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a statement released on Wednesday that All efforts to make the medium make amends proved abortive.

Usman said: “Consequently, the Nigerian Army sent a letter to the management of the of the online publishers to retract and apologize before 31st December 2016,

“The medium however remained adamant and recalcitrant.Consequently, the Nigerian Army has briefed it’s lawyers to institute legal action against the medium.”

However, Premium Times posted on its website that it stands by its story.

“Officials at PREMIUM TIMES said the letter from the Army Headquarters arrived the paper’s head office in Abuja a day after the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, labelled the medium a Boko Haram supporter on live television.
Contacted Wednesday for comments on the letter, Editor-in-Chief Musikilu Mojeed said, “All I can say at this point is that we stand by our stories.
“We have passed the letter to our lawyers for appropriate response. I can assure you they (the Army) will get an appropriate response before long.” the online newspaper wrote. Read more here.

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