Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 December 2012

Nigeria: Jaji Blasts - Ihejirika Replies JNI

Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika yesterday said it was unfair for any group including the Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) to accuse the army of prejudice on the recent transfer of the Jaji Corps Commander, Infantry, Major General Muhammad D. Isa, over the recent twin-bomb blasts that killed 15 people at a church in the Jaji military cantonment.

Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Air Vice Marshal Abdullahi Kure and Isa were removed while investigation was ongoing.

JNI had pointed out in a statement in Kaduna that the decision was tinged with religious bias because speed with which the commanders were removed was never noticed in previous bombings of military formations.

But Ihejirika said the action was not motivated by ethno-religious considerations.

The army boss was represented by the Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Ahmed Tijani Yusuf at a media briefing in Abuja. He said the transfer was not new as it has a precedence that followed long-held military practice.

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