The Nigerian army has accused “some journalists” of operating for the fear group, Boko Haram, after reports showed safety forces had suffered heavy losses in latest months.
In an obvious concentrated on of the media, the military said it was “acknowledged that a few journalists work for Boko Haram and fraternise with terrorist commanders”. The navy supplied no proof backing its claim.
Its assertion on Thursday got here amid reports showing the army has recently faced a string of heavy losses, with over a hundred soldiers killed through Boko Haram.
In July, NIGERIA DAILY TIMES suggested that no fewer than 23 Nigerian squaddies went lacking after insurgents ambushed a navy convoy at Boboshe village in Bama neighborhood authorities vicinity of Borno State. Five officers, 18 infantrymen and eight vans have been missing after the assault.
More assaults have occured considering then with as a minimum 31 infantrymen killed in a September onslaught, military sources told PREMIUM TIMES.
Reuters additionally stated this week the deaths of soldiers. It seems the army declaration turned into in response to the document.
John Agim, the military spokesperson, stated the announcement that the “marketing campaign” became spearheaded with the aid of a “particular foreign news employer”.
Mr Agim denied soldiers had been killed. He said the report “was calculated to dampen the spirit of the troops at the theatres of operation and to demean the successes recorded so far in the war against terrorism”.
“It is more worrisome when such an ill-informed report is coming from a supposed credible news agency expected to be a partner in progress. It agitates the mind whether the reporter is working in isolation or speaking the mind of its sponsors,” the statement said.
“It is a well-known fact that terrorism thrives on publicity and propaganda. It is also known that some journalists work for Boko Haram and fraternise with terrorist commanders against the standing forces to whip up sentiment,” he said.
The military said at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency, “the armed forces with limited weapons chased Boko Haram out of Abuja and other cities into Sambisa forest”.
“How much more now that the military is well equipped with determined troops to take on any terrorist group, be it Boko Haram or Islamic State In West Africa,” he quipped. “If this is still seen as ‘struggling’ by the purveyors of the false reports, then the word may have assumed a new meaning,” he said.
He said the strategy of drawing out the enemy had been a great success as hundreds of terrorists had been killed in their desperate attempts to recapture some cities in the North-east.