The Nigerian Army has dismissed a video on social media where a soldier alleged that it orderd soldiers to kill citizens in Orlu, Imo State as a malicious fabrication aimed at tarnishing the image of the military.
In the video which was recorded in an unknown market, the soldier claimed to be privy to an order given by 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha to start killing everybody at Orlu Market and environs, Orlu L.G.A in Imo State.
The Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army, in a statement on Wednesday signed by it’s spokesperson, Col. Alice Yusuf, said the supposed individual in the video may not be a personnel of the military as he was not bold enough to reveal his true identity.
The Army also reiterated that it remains a professional force, that respects fundamental human rights and deploy its personnel whenever or wherever duty calls.
The full statement reads
“The attention of Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to an orchestrated video clip by an unpatriotic element which is being circulated on the social media, claiming to be a soldier in the Nigerian Army by name Joseph from Bayelsa State.
“The video was recorded in an unknown market claiming to be privy to a supposed order given by 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha to start killing everybody at Orlu Market and environs, Orlu L.G.A in Imo State.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that it was a calculated attempt to maliciously fabricate sensational stories to cause resentment and smear campaign against Nigerian Army Internal Security Operations. The supposed individual in the video was not bold enough to reveal his true identity as claimed or present his so called military uniform and identity card which were deliberately obscured to deceive innocent target audience.
“The Nigerian Army recognizes the right of citizens to hold and share opinions on social media and not to spread divisive contents by unpatriotic individuals. This mischievous misrepresentation of facts, misinformation and fabrication of outright falsehood as deliberately captured in the video clip are been orchestrated in the social media to tarnish the good image and reputation of the military. This great disservice is not acceptable by any standard.
“The Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army therefore wish to reassure law abiding citizens that the Nigerian Army remains a professional force, that respects fundamental human rights and deploy its personnel whenever or wherever duty calls. It is worth to note that Nigerian Army troops deployed for “Internal Security Operations are guided by extant rules and regulations as stipulated in Nigerian Army Code of Conducts and Rules of Engagement in line with global best practices.
“The general public is therefore urged to disregard the false information contained in the video.”