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Army says no fracas between it and NUJ in Umuahia


The Nigeria Army has said it is not involved in any misunderstanding with the NUJ IN Abia state.
There were reports on Tuesday that some army officials had ransacked the NUJ Secretariat and harassed some officials of the NUJ on the grounds that someone was seen taking pictures of them while on patrol.
A statement signed by Major Oyegoke Badamosi, Assistant Director, Public Relations of 14 Brigade refuted the report that made headline across online media on Tuesday.
“The attention of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to social media publications alleging that troops on patrol in Umuahia town have invaded the NUJ Press Centre in Umuahia at about 10.00am today.
“While it was true there was an issue between some soldiers on routine patrol, the magnitude is not as was reported. What happened was that while the soldiers on patrol near the Abia State NUJ Secretariat, they noticed some people filming them. Unfortunately, they seized and damaged their recording devices; an iPad and 2 mobile phones.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the items belong to journalists on their legitimate duties. Consequently, the Commander 14 Brigade and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 82 Division waded into the matter which has since been resolved amicably.
“In addition, the soldiers involved will face disciplinary action. The public are please requested to eschew rumour mongering and go about their lawful business,” the statement concluded.

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