The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the identity of the man spotted recently in a viral video with AK 47.
Naija News understands there have been speculations that the man seen in the viral video, dressed in mufti and hanging on his shoulder was the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Salihi Magaji (rtd).
After several ‘untrue’ presumptions, the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mohammad Abdulkadri in a statement delivered to newsmen during the weekend, revealed that the man in the viral video is the Rector of the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NICEST) Makurdi,
According to Abdulkadri, the official by his Command position is statutorily allowed in the Military to sign for weapons when travelling.
He added: “In fact, the Army green colour on the Innonson Jeep and the Unit sticker of NACEST on the official Vehicle are enough evidence to neutralise the spurious claim in the clip being referred to as the Official vehicle of the Minister of Defence 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 Defence Minister proved null and void and untenable with the fake picture of the Orderly that wears the 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 berret and MP red hand band on his Camouflage.”