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Soldiers did not misbehave at Alagarno: Army

04 April 2016, 08:37Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Nigerian Army has alleged some media are complicit in the Boko Haram crisis.

This follows the publication of an article, which the Army has refuted, suggesting soldiers in Alagarno, where troops recently drove out the terrorist sect, had protested angrily over the shortage of food and water.

It was reported some soldiers had held an army leader hostage.

Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said while indeed troops that captured the strategic forest of Alagarno and experienced some logistics problem that included water shortages, due to some unforeseen circumstances which was normal in war situation, it was not true that the troops behaved in the manner he stated.

"The concoction of this story and the release of yet another video by some remnants of Boko Haram terrorists could be more than mere coincidence.

Therefore, one begin to wonder what is the motive behind such false story by the reporter," Usman said.

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He said the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier General VO Ezugwu indeed visited the troops and also supplied water to them.

"The GOC did not leave the troops as insinuated. Rather, the troops hailed the GOC for his passion and empathic disposition towards the soldiers. As a matter of fact, he actively participated in clearance operations along Bulablin - Alargano axis with the troops and was with them in their defensive location throughout."

The Army has requested a retraction of the article.

"They (media) should also understand that misinformation by Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers greatly assist their evil activities," Usman said. 

- CAJ News


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