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Military lashes UK media over atrocities allegations

19 August 2014, 12:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigerian Military has refuted allegations the government had committed war crimes against civilians in the fight against insurgency as reported by some British media.

The military denied such allegations as "unfair" and "malicious."

"It is to say the least, unduly judgmental and quite consistent with the disdain and bias with which a section of the western media reports Africa,” part of the response read.

It added that the newspaper (name withheld) did not lay claim to any sense of professionalism in coming out with that grossly unsubstantiated and the allegation against the Nigerian government.

Also read: Video of troops slitting Boko Haram suspects throats revealed

“No credible independent source or government official was contacted to ascertain the veracity of those wild claims yet the sanctimonious and all-knowing (name withheld) could not exercise any restraint to be sure of its story.”.

The Defense Headquarters said it was not preposterous to even suggest that 4 000 people had died in military custody.

“At what point then did 4000 people die in military custody? This ludicrous report did not come as a surprise to anybody since this biased mindset against Nigerian government has always characterized this newspaper even before the commencement of the ongoing counter-terrorist operation.”

Also read: Army accused of rights violations against Boko Haram

The Nigerian military and by extension the government cannot be intimidated by this patterned bias and supremacist mindset in reporting Africa, read the statement.

“Having adopted this kind of judgmental posture, we will not be surprised by any phantom video they will release to support their wild claim. We therefore urge the general public to discountenance this obviously jaundiced report or whatever phantom video as it is all aimed at tarnishing the image of Nigerian military.”

- CAJ News

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