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I Never Sponsored Boko Haram - Ex Army Chief Denies Allegations 

Former chief of army staff, retired Lt.-Gen Oyeabo Ihejirika, on Thursday, September 22, denied any links with terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Ihejirika told an FCT High Court that he rather fought the Boko Haram sect using his commanders in the field contrary to insinuations in some quarters that he was the group’s sponsor.

The former army chief therefore sued Nduka Obaigbena, Leaders and Company Limited, and Stephen Davis, an Australian who claimed to be a hostage negotiator working for the release of Nigerian women taken hostage by the Boko Haram sect at Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

According to the Punch, the former army boss is claiming N100bn for damages from the defendants for defamation in the interview granted by Davis to Arise TV and then published in ThisDay newspaper.

Ihejirika is also asking the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further making defamatory comments concerning him.

He equally wants the defendants to publish a full retraction and apology in the front page of ThisDay newspaper for the said false and libellous publication.

Under cross-examination, Ihejirika admitted that he had heard the tape of the interview and that his name was not mentioned. He, however, said he was the only chief of army Staff that retired in January 2014 as mentioned in the tape and the defendants could not have been referring to anyone else.

He also said he had never granted ThisDay newspaper any interview but had read the said publication when his attention was drawn to it.

When asked if the claim of the defendants as published in ThisDay newspaper was true, Ihejirika’s lawyer, A.B. Anachebe (SAN) raised an objection that his client would not answer the question.

The presiding judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, adjourned the case till November 2 and 3, 2016, for continuation of cross examination and defence.

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