The Defence Headquarters has dismissed the declaration by the Boko Haram insurgents that the Saturday’s killing was retaliation to the arrest of one of the terrorists which led to 43 rice farmers’ death.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this on Thursday while giving an update on the operations of the armed forces between November 26 and December 2 in Abuja.
On Tuesday, the insurgents group had released a video declaring that the terrorists carried out the gruesome murder in retaliation for the arrest of one of them by the rice farmers.
The factional leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau in the 3 minutes video also claimed that the farmers had given clue and information about their movement in the area to the military.
Enenche said the claim was to create fear in the peoples’ mind and its sole motive was to discourage them from cooperating with the security agencies.
The military coordinator noted that the information received by the military from one of the survivors disclosed that that the farmers were called for a meeting with the terrorists that day before they were slaughtered.
He said, “The truth is that whenever they are losing ground as a result of the military activities, this is what they resort to.
“It is a fallacy because we killed one of them and that the farmers gave information about them, but the likelihood is wickedness.
“They want to use that to instill fear in the minds of the people because they have seen the governor trying to make sure that people return to their homes.”
Enenche said the claim was the terrorist’s usual propaganda as it is one of their major weapons.
“Our message here to the general public is that they should not be discouraged and that we are moving forward and with your cooperation, we are going to end this menace,” he said.