The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and spokesperson, Theatre Command, Borno State, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu has issued a statement on behalf of the Nigerian Army asking the general public to disregard all rumours that the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole had an encounter with ISIS in the North-East, during which 30 soldiers were allegedly killed.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Col. Onyema called such reports unfounded and noted that the persons or organizations behind the spread of the rumour were “Boko Haram propaganda elements”. He also said that the photos in circulation in support of the ISIS killings of Nigerian soldiers were not real.
“It is very pertinent to state that contrary to reports, there was no attack or ambush on any convoy of Nigerian troops by ISIS fighters or any other adversary within or outside the theatre of operation.
“The reports are mere propaganda and an attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to remain relevant and portray potency. The graphic images used to support the report have been closely studied and found to lack nexus to any recent operational engagements of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole did not at any time have an encounter with ISIS terrorists, neither have they suffered from such fictitious attack as claimed. This points to the desperation of the Boko Haram terrorists group to create awe and hold the people captive psychologically.
“Members of the public are enjoined to discountenance these mischievous reports.”