The Nigerian Army has denied reports that has been making the rounds on various social media, print and other information channels on the alleged killing of 100 soldiers by the Boko Haram terrorists, calling the reports a misinformation, untrue and unfortunate, as the media allegedly helping to spread Boko Haram propaganda.
The Army said the alleged viral video making the rounds which shows troops complaining bitterly about their obsolete weapons and the killing of 100 soldiers by Boko Haram are fake news, as the images are the same footage from old videos that has been circulated a number of times on social media years ago.
The Army said that these are some of the propaganda coming from the Boko Haram terrorists group, which is a planned move by the terrorists gruop to misinform the general public, just to portray themselves as something which they are not.
The Army in their statement did not specify the number of soldiers killed, as so far, we have seen figures flying around, some reports are saying 44 soldiers killed, others are saying 100 soldiers were killed. But the Army gave reasons as to why they are yet to release a figure and why they take their time in reporting any incident of a falling hero.
The Army statement on the alleged killing of 100 soilders, released a few hours ago reads:
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to several social media, print, electronic and online publications about the recent attack on 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele. Whilst it is true that there was an attack on the location on 18 November 2018, it has however, become necessary to correct several misinformation being circulated with regards to this unfortunate event.
It is important for the public to note that the NIgerian Army has laid down procedures for reporting incidents that involve its personnel who fall casualty in action. Out of respect for the families of our gallant troops, the Next of Kin (NOKs) are first notified before any form of public information so as to avoid exacerbating the grief family members would bear, were they to discover such from unofficial sources.
Furthermore, it suffices to observe that several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures as well as circulating various footages of old and inaccurate Boko Haram Terrorists prodaganda videos and alluding same to be the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion.
Whilst it is understandable how such misinformation can spread in this era of social media frenzy, the spurious circulation of some of these videos only contribute to further propagate the propaganda intent of the terrorists; to misinform the populace and portray themselves as what they are not.
So far, the situation is that the location is under control as reinforcing units have been able to repel the terrorists and stabilize the situation.
The Nigerian Army sincerely, wishes to thank the various arms of government, MDAs and sister security agencies that have stood with her in these trying times; by commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price for the defence of our dearly beloved country.
The necessary support being given the Nigerian Army by the Federal Government and the goodwill of the Nigerian populace will undoubtedly continue to spur the Nigerian Army towards the ultimate defeat of the highly degraded Boko Haram Terrorits.