Nigeria: Security Agencies Comb for Coup Plotters

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Security agencies in Nigeria are currently combing for the arrowheads of an alleged coup plot against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that has been dominating the affairs of the country since 2015.

While the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday dissociated the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) from a document calling for the overthrow of the Buhari democratically-elected administration, the DHQ pointed out that all relevant law enforcement agencies had been advised to unravel those behind the seditious document for appropriate actions.

Deputy Director of Defence Information, Navy Capt. Muhammed Wabi, is already accusing a group, Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP) as being behind the document.

Wabi alleged that the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in place of the elected government.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named NCP calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.

“The AFN outrightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document. Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to discountenance the content of the documents being circulated by NCP and equally condemned in totality, the call to derail our hard earned democracy’’, the statement said.

Wabi said that the AFN was “very mindful of its constitutional responsibilities’’ and would not be misled into any act that would undermine democracy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The AFN remains unflinchingly loyal to the Constitution, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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