Disregard Publication On ‘Operation Positive Identification’-Army Urges Nigerians

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The Nigerian Army has urged Nigerians to disregard the publication in circulation on social media on the purported Operation Positive Identification (OPI).

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said that the Nigerian Army had no relationship with the so-called Bricks Company and its illusionary OPI.

Musa said that the army authorities does not issue a press statement through any company, adding that its Operation Positive Identification had no such abbreviation as OPI.

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He recalled that in order to complement the ongoing operation in the North East, the army had an ongoing operation positive identification which is intelligence-driven, deliberate and targeted operation.

“It’s not an independent operation but an integral and complementary to Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East.

“The aim of the operation is to arrest all those terrorists fleeing or escaping the war zone/Theatre of operation to a safe haven or peaceful areas in Nigeria.

“Members of the public are hereby enjoined to discountenance the hitherto faceless and mischievous Bricks company and its alleged NA OPI,“ he said.

He enjoins Nigerians to cooperate with the army and other security agencies by giving credible information that would assist in the identification and eventual arrest of the fleeing criminals and terrorists.

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Dear General Buratai,

I thank you for inviting media executives and public relations practitioners, through the Deputy President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mallam Suleiman Gaya for the interactive dialogue held in Maiduguri last December, 2018. The event was friendly, frank and sincere, towards evolving stakeholders’ engagement and enhancing military-media relations.

However, a few days after the well-attended engagement, the Nigeria Army declared an activist, Dr. Perry Brimah wanted over alleged fundraising for troops. The military also subsequently invaded the offices of leading national newspaper, Daily Trust and arrested some of its journalists over an ‘exclusive’ report it had recently published on the counter-insurgency strategy of the Nigerian Army.

I must tell you frankly that these incidences were worrisome and portends a huge minus to the desired mutual military-media relations being striven towards.

It might interest the Army, Sir, to note that similar media indiscretions during the previous administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan were well-managed, when news editors were inundated with confidential information in the name of exclusive reports.

For instance, on the evening of Friday, February 13, 2015, almost four years ago, there was intelligence about a sensitive news story that had been filed to the headquarters of Daily Trust in Abuja by Hamza Idris, a war reporter who doubled as the Bureau Chief of the paper in Borno State, and is currently a political editor.