The Nigerian Army late on Wednesday dismissed a viral video showing the murder of two purported soldiers and an alleged policeman by the Islamic State West African Province terrorists at an undisclosed location in the North-East.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said the military’s preliminary observation of the video clip revealed that the video was doctored and that the entire events captured in the footage were not an “occurrence that took place at any point in time within the shores of Nigeria.”
Musa, in a release, said, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral, unsubstantiated and apparently fabricated video clip circulating on the social media portraying the stage-managed and so-called capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram terrorists on the 10th of December, 2019.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to emphatically state that there was no incident that involved the capture and killing of tens and tens of Nigerian soldiers on the 10th of December 2019, as mischievously and wickedly portrayed in the video.
“Similarly, preliminary observation of the video clip (even by the amateur) will reveal that the video was doctored and that the event captured in the footage was not an occurrence that took place at any point in time within the shores of Nigeria.
“To this end, the Nigerian Army is hereby calling on members of the general public and, indeed, personnel of the Nigerian Army, especially those in the North East theatre of operation, to disregard the video concocted and peddled by the outlawed IPOB members.”