The Nigerian Army has cleared the air concerning the identity of Major Gen Ibrahim Salihu Ali, the General Officer Commanding 3 Div who recently assumed additional responsibility as the Commander Special Task Force Code named Operation Safe Haven. In a Statement issued by the Ag. Deputy Director Army Public Relations Major Lazarus Ali, the army debunked and described as false a content making rounds on social media which he described as”…a campaign a calumny against the person of Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali…”
According to the Army source, the purported post making rounds across social media platforms claimed that the GOC is from Miango community hence he is supporting the Fulanis against the Irigwes among other wild and unsubstantiated allegations.
According to statement, the Army cleared that Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali was born in Nasarawa, Kano Municipal Council of Kano State to family of Late Alhaji Sallau Ali and Late Hajia Aishatu Ibrahim (God rest their souls). He attended Lebanon Primary School Kano in 1974 and proceeded to Saint Thomas Secondary School Kano in 1980. Major General Ali attended the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna and completed his Cadet training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom.
The statement further informed that Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali attended several military courses and served in different theatres of operation within and outside the country. The GOC survived gunshot wounds sustained in 2 separate operations in the past. He succeeded Brigadier General BA Muhammad as the 41st GOC 3 Division Nigerian Army and Major General DC Onyemulu as Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN on 12 and 13 July respectively.
The statement urged the public to discountenance the smear campaign designed to distract the GOC and our gallant troops from discharging their legitimate duties of maintaining peace on the Plateau. The statement further stressed the need for the public to be law abiding citizens and cooperate with security agencies by providing credible information that would help to curb criminality in the state.