Nigeria Army removes journalist from WhatsApp group, see his offence

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A journalist, Amadin Uyi, has reportedly been removed by the Nigeria Army from a WhatsApp group created by its communication unit and operates for the benefit of newsmen.

The spokespersons of the Army including the Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, utilize the platform to disseminate information to reporters.

The Abuja Bureau Chief of News Central TV, Uyi, enquired about the arms funds, this annoyed the WhatsApp administrators and made them remove him.

Uyi asked Yerima to provide the details of how the military spent N2.6 trillion budget meant for counter-insurgency from 2015 till date.

“The COAS conference has posed many questions needing answers. The Chief of Army Staff says he will work towards addressing logistic challenges; this is really shocking, considering the fact that about 2.6 trillion naira has been spent between 2015 and 2019. We really want to know what he really means by this statement,” Uyi had asked.

An officer, Muhammad Isa Yahaya, removed the pressman from the group shortly after his message, a development News Central condemned in a statement.

News Central noted has close to a decade covered operations of the Nigerian military and defence.

It said the question was raised by her staff because of the comment by the COAS, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru at a press conference and even volunteered to send a reportorial crew to get his reaction.

“With such a huge amount expended within the period, Amadin Uyi also questioned the COAS’s remark that directives had been given for “more weapons to be procured” when the initially disbursed funds could have purchased enough armaments.

“Because the public will want details, Uyi also asked if the army had previously abandoned the damaged and unserviceable equipment in the theatre of war after the COAS talked about back-loading them and instructing that they be repaired immediately.

“Rather than address these concerns to satisfy public curiosity and accountability, the Nigerian Army Public Relations Unit simply took Amadin Uyi off the platform after challenging him for asking what they described as “irrelevant questions.”

The media house urged the Nigeria Army to address the question raised by her staff, adding that the journalist had always conducted himself with utmost professionalism.

Members of civil society and journalists have criticized the actions.

As of the time of this report, the Nigerian Army has remained silent on the issue.

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1 thought on “Nigeria Army removes journalist from WhatsApp group, see his offence

  1. We don’t have defensive military today in our country,what we have 8n barracks are terrorists in our country army uniform with Arabic inscription which Nigerians knows nothing about the Arabic meaning in English speaking legitimate country.

    What next do you want to hear?

    We are moving to area of employment of our known indigenous people in our barracks all over the state to defend their state as our own army. Very soon. We don’t want Islamic Arabic army’s in our barracks any more.

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