Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied any consideration of recruitment of security contractors and mercenaries from South Africa to help the Nigerian military to clear out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in a statement, expressed concern that the story making the rounds that it plans to invite mercenaries, who once assisted our military operations, is totally misleading.
He was emphatic that the DHQ neither considered, approved nor in the know of any plan for such a move.
He said that DHQ is disturbed by the report claiming that foreign mercenaries are to be used henceforce to fight Boko haram terrorists in the North-East.
“This story is not only mischievous and unfounded, but lacks any iota of truth as the miltary has the capability and necessary impetus to clear the remnants of the terrorists as it has been doing on a daily basis,” he said.