The Nigerian Army in a letter dated December 22, 2016 threatened to sue PREMIUM TIMES.
“Despite the fact that your unprofessional publications are injurious to the personality of the leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Army as a whole, it may interest you to know that your attempts have failed woefully to malign and impugn the hard-earned character of the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army,” the letter said.
The letter therefore ordered PREMIUM TIMES to retract the said publications and apologise to Mr. Buratai and the Nigerian Army.
“Your retraction should be done in at least 3 national dailies and in online newspapers for 3 days consecutively from 29-31 December 2016.
“You are to also publish an apology to the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army in 3 Nigeria newspaper and online publications.
“Failure to retract and withdraw the said publications by Premium Times Services Limited on or before 31 December, 2016, the Nigerian Army team of lawyers will be instructed to proceed against you in court.”
The letter came a day after Major General Lucky Irabor, labelled the medium a Boko Haram supporter on live television.
When contacted for comments on the letter, Premium Times said “All I can say at this point is that we stand by our stories.“We have passed the letter to our lawyers for appropriate response. I can assure you they (the Army) will get an appropriate response before long.”