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Matawalle Orders Arrest of Citizens Requesting Coup in Nigeria

Bello Matawalle, the Minister of State for Defence, has instructed the Defence Intelligence Agency to apprehend individuals advocating for a coup in Nigeria and ensure they face legal consequences. He labeled those advocating for a coup as "criminals" and "enemies of democracy." 

There have been persistent rumors of coup plots in recent months, although the military has consistently denied such allegations. Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, reiterated the military's commitment to the democratic system. 

In a statement released by the Ministry's Director of Information, Henshaw Ogubike, the minister warned against any attempts to overthrow President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government and emphasized that the administration would not tolerate such actions. 

Matawalle emphasized the importance of elected leaders governing the country and stated that the military's role is to protect the constitution, not to seize power. 

He condemned viral videos and statements inciting the military to intervene and assured that the Defence Intelligence Agency would pursue and prosecute anyone involved in such activities. 

The Ministry of Defence urged individuals advocating for the overthrow of the government to recognize the democratic reality and warned of legal consequences for those engaging in such activities. 

Matawalle's directive underscores the government's commitment to upholding democracy and maintaining stability in Nigeria.

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