The ministry of defense came out to defend the claim and denied every allegation that Maj. Gen. Salihi Magaji (rtd) was going around with AK 47. The ministry further went ahead to reveal the Identity of the Army official with AK47 as Rector of the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST) Makurdi and not the Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), as speculated.
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For a quick recap: After a video clip of an army official entering a car with AK 47 went viral, there were speculations that the unidentified man was Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Salihi Magaji (rtd). Meaning that the military that are supposed to protect the citizens are now seen going about their businesses with a handon AK 47 riffle. Which in turn will be another proof that there is little or no security in the nation.
The Identity of the Army official with AK47 was made known to the public in a statement released by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mohammad Abdulkadri, stating that by virtue of his Command position, the Rector is statutorily allowed in the Military to sign for weapons when travelling. Key part of the official statement released by the defense ministry reads;
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“In fact the Army green colour on the Innonson Jeep and the Unit sticker of NACEST on the official Vehicle are enough evidence to neutralize the spurious claim in the clip being referred to as the Official vehicle of the Minister of Defense who uses black Land cruiser jeep like his counterparts in other ministries.
Again the Internet fraud star’s desperate attempt to demean the personality of the Defense Minister proved null and void and untenable with the fake picture of the Orderly that wears blue colour of the insignia band of NA Education Corp whereas the Orderly to General Magashi (Name withheld) is of the Corp of the Military Police who uses red beret and MP red hand band on his Camouflage.”