Chibok Abduction: Senior officer misled Nigerian military – Defence Chief

Alex Badeh

The Chief of Defence Staff, Marshal Alex Badeh, said on Wednesday that there are “fifth columnists” causing conflicting information emanating from the military.

Mr. Badeh made the allegation in Abuja, while reacting to some presentations at the start of a three-day workshop on “Security/Media Relations in Crisis Management”.

The retreat was organised by the Office of National Security Adviser in conjunction with Trim Communications Nigeria Ltd.

“If your people are misleading you, what do you do? There are too many fifth columnists.

“There was a report which says oh, we have seen some of the Chibok girls, only eight are missing, it was a very senior officer that gave that information from Chibok area,” he said.

“We are dealing with that situation. That was when people started saying watch what Maj.-Gen. Olukolade, the Director, of Defence Information says. He was misled by one of us,” Mr. Badeh said.

Mr. Badeh urged journalists to be guided by national interest while reporting the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North east.

Mr. Badeh advised that even though they may know many things concerning military operations, they should not report things that would hurt or create panic.

Asked to assess the performance of the media so far, he said, “I would not say it has been what we are looking for.

“Because without pointing accusing fingers, some newspapers celebrate when anything bad happens to this country.

“They really celebrate it, maybe because of politics. President Jonathan cannot be doing everything.

“When an institution has small problem, you do not go and say the president has failed,” he said, adding that journalists should endeavour to verify their report before publishing.

“If you know how many condolence messages I have received that my house is burnt, that my whole village has been burnt; but no Boko Haram has gone to my village.

“I do not know whether it is me they want to bring down or the president that they want to bring down, that is the media for you,” he said.

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, urged the media to be diligent in their reportage of the operations.

He said the country is facing a “significant security challenge”.

Represented by Soji Adelaja of the NSA Office, he said that terrorism was new to the nation and cautioned against reports and pictures that could affect the image of the country.

The chairman of the occasion, Martin Luther Agwai, a former defence chief, said there was need for the media and security agencies to partner in handling the current situation.



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  • Jakadiya

    Now the military is accepting the stark reality. In the past, commentators have been saying there was something wrong in the military command chain but the military itself and some naive (or paid agents) were adamant and posting that all was well. Objective criticisms were misconstrued to mean sabotage or unpatriotic. Lets always call a spade by its name. That way we can move forward.

  • kwango

    In other countries the military always update the press so that rumour and speculation can be avoided. It was the same CDS seen on TV saying “we know where they are kept” referring to the Chibok girls. ” 2 months after the same girls are yet to be rescued and he is blaming another military officer for misleading them. What do you expect when military chiefs send mediocre assistants to get information instead of going there themselves. As we speak the president who has the rank of field marshal and commander in chief is afraid to visit Chibok. Is it unprotected journalists that will go to Chibok?

  • Chris1408

    Some of these people should never have been in the military, including Badeh. They prove their ignorance whenever they open their mouth. What happened to DMI?

    • GoodCitizen

      You don’t get it do you. This is trained soldier and not a PR man. He is trained to fight and not a politician and a media officer so think before you talk. He got to that position through the ranks so show some respect.

      • Chris1408

        Yes, he got his stars without battle experience, it’s paying off now with Boko Haram. Keep supporting mediocrity.

  • Tunde

    What calibre of defence chief do we have in this country for heaven’s sake? Does this guy know what collective responsibility mean? I am astounded that he will spout this kind of nonsense. Blaming someone else for their(his) incompetence is just wrong, and that is why they are in the mess they are in. The annoying thing is he actually believes the rubbish he is saying. How this guy rose to a CDS post is beyond me, and if I were a military man, I would be very afraid to be sent into battle by this guy. And that is an utter shame.

  • Dan Fulani

    Was it a senior officer who twisted your mouth to declare that the Boko Haram thing would be over by April this year?

  • Sword of Damocles

    When Mai Gaskiya assumes the helm of Presidency next year(God wiling), as well as using “red hot pepper-dipped” koboko to flog the LOOT out of ALL LOOTERS, he must endeavor to transform our military & security apparatus. It is obvious that most of the chaps & ladies in these organization are political, corrupt, and physically out of shape. They must take PRIDE that their are the SPEAR of the Republic, that means HONOR or DEATH(there can be no blurred lines). I trust my General, that is why fear dey catch ALL THEIR yan$h. They know say KOBOKO is coming. Telll them let them hear Koboko & PENANCE is going to reach out to all DEM looters & their pikins + cronies. You traitors, you have not seen any thing YET. wE ARE JUST WATCHING like a coiled spring, waiting. The fact that you all think you can get away with HIGH TREASON shows that you have very bad judgement for you should have calculated that the Nigerian Masses can NEVER forgive you for what you did to your own Country. Hell hath no fury…….. when Day breaks!!

  • True Nigerian

    Was the senior officer also the one that forced Chris Olukolade to repeatedly deny that there was mutiny in Maimalari in April, only for you lying army chiefs to come out and announce death sentence to soldiers on ground of mutiny 5 months later? Was it also the officer that repeatedly denied that you thieving generals and your political accomplices were denyin depriving soldiers their remuneration, allowances, weapons and welfare, only for you to come out few months later to claim that you urgently needed $1b borrowing to fight boko haram and that you also needed to buy arms with cash in South-Africa? was it also this senior officer that forced you to repeatedly deny that boko haram has taken over Bama and other towns, only for you to come out 3 weeks later to say that all preparations are under way to recover Bama from boko haram?

    If you choose to destroy your own credibility, don’t blame anyone else for your choice and its consequences. Don’t blame your self-imposed culture of lies on the media. The worst embarrassment is that you are so unintelligent that you can’t even manage minimal consistency in the maintenance of your lies. It is a shame!

  • Words on Marble

    “If you choose to destroy your own credibility, don’t blame anyone else
    for your choice;
    and its consequences. Don’t blame your self-imposed
    culture of lies on the media.

    The worst embarrassment is that you are so
    unintelligent that you can’t even manage
    minimal consistency in the
    maintenance of your lies.”

    …………………True Nigerian
    [October 8th, 2014)

  • Galare I. N

    CDS sir, have we abandoned the time tested Information Management Mechanism? The process starts with verifying ur information which is done by asking relevant questions among which are; 1) who is the primary source of the info and was d person an eye witness? 2) how credible is the source? 3) whats the source’s motive for passing this info? 4) how many links has d info gone thru b/4 the general’s table? The military has ways of checkmating rogues in the system, lets use them pls.

  • eyejedi

    Then by the same reasoning you Sir should be prosecuted for misleading the entire Nation with false promises of defeating BH by xyz Month….

  • emmanuel

    Let Sharia Reporter, PT, Punch tell the world how they bombed badeh’s country home and village.

    LIE Mohammed you too much for lying! I am sure tye devil sent you to this part of the world to represent him in the field of lies

    • Factual

      C H I L D I S H!!!

  • Olutola

    Why with a private communication outfit if not corruption. Can you not be call media people without middlemen? How much did you pay? $1million dollar or $1