The Nigerian Army, says members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are using pictures of fake soldiers arrested by Nigerian army troops recently to malign the institution
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EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Nigerian Army has said that members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are slandering the institution by using images of bogus soldiers apprehended by its troops recently.
Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, stated this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.
Nwachukwu claimed that one Solomon Okafor of Radio Biafra London had been spreading malicious disinformation and falsehood on social media, accusing troops of complicity in the kidnapping of a family of ten in Kaduna State.
He said the said Okafor also alleged that about 87 per cent of Nigerian soldiers were kidnappers and bandits.
Nwachukwu said the said report was a creation of IPOB/ESN social media foot soldiers, with intent to malign the Nigerian Army.
He said the picture being circulated on the social media was a picture of fake soldiers (impostors) who were arrested recently in Lagos-Ondo states axis by troops of Operation Checkmate under 81 Division.
According to him, the operation was widely publicised in both the new and traditional media before handing over the suspects to the Nigeria Police.
“It is also crucial to emphasise that following troops’ successful exploits in unravelling and unmasking IPOB elements who have been masquerading as unknown gunmen and wreaking carnage against Ndigbo in South East Nigeria, IPOB/ ESN have severally attempted to use doctored graphic images, video footages and spurious narratives in online and social media campaigns to disparage the Nigerian army and bring her to disrepute.
The author and his sponsors should be aware that, regardless of the calumny campaign waged by IPOB and other fifth columnists, the Nigerian Army will remain a cherished national institution that will continue to carry out its constitutional mandate of defending Nigeria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the pursuit of a united nation.
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“Members of the public are thus urged to disregard this mindless and irresponsible propaganda clearly emanating from IPOB, which is aimed at promoting insecurity in the country,” he said
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