NA refutes arrest of Mr. Asukwo as speculated on social media

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Nigerian Army has refuted its involvement in the arrest of one Mr. Mike Asukwo as been alleged on the social media handles.

The most honourable and law-abiding organisation has also denied its involvement in the enforcement of the lockdown order instilled by the federal government to curtail the spread of corona virus pandemic bedeviling the world, Nigeria inclusive.

The Army Acting Director, Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa in a statement made available to News Headquarter wondered why the institution that was not directly involved in the enforcement of the law in the lockdown would arrest the defaulter of the order as been perceived and speculated.

Col. Sagir said, the notion was erroneously and mischievously misconstrued.
He maintained that Mr Asukwo was never arrested but was invited by the army in Umuahia in respect of an investigation in a matter which he is privy to which Mr. Asukwu was himself refuted his alleged arrest on his social media handles, Twitter and Facebook.

Col. Sagir Musa statement reads in part….

“Please be informed that Mr Mike Asukwo that was earlier allegedly reported on social media to have been arrested by troops of 145 Battalion rear deployed at Abia Express Towers Umuahia along with four others has been released yesterday. He was reportedly ‘arrested’ at the towers on his way from Lagos to Calabar on the 8th of May 2020.

“In order to correct the erroneous impression created earlier in the social media, Mr Asukwu was never arrested but was invited by the army in Umuahia in respect of an investigation in a matter which he is privy to. He has since via his Facebook page and Twitter handle dismissed the claim that he was arrested.

“Nigerian Army is not involved in the enforcement of Lockdown and so he was not invited or ‘arrested’ in connection with restriction of movement order as mischievously claimed or reported.

“Members of the public are please requested to disregard the fake news and the wrong impression earlier created by the report”.

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