The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to news making the round alleging attack on soldiers and capturing of military vehicles by Boko Haram in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Nigerian Army stated categorically clear that the report was not only untrue but misleading as the said report was blown out of proportion by the media ( Not The Nigerian Voice).
A statement issued Monday by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the Director Army Public Relations said contrary to the report, the Nigerian Army wish to put the record straight on the issue and assure members of the public particularly residents of the North East to disregard the report as their safety was guaranteed.
The Nigeria Army further stated that there was an attempted attack on troops at Kwakwa and Chingori communities in Bama area of Borno State by suspected Boko Haram Terrorists as a result of difficult terrain where our vehicles bugged down.
The terrorists also attempted to cart away troops operational vehicles, but were successfully repelled by our gallant troops with the support of the Nigerian Air Force.
About 22 members of Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.
Efforts are being intensified by the troops to get the fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Unfortunately, one officer and a soldier sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical attention at the military medical facility.
While the Nigerian Army would not join issues with the media, certain facts must be reported with caution particularly now that numerous successes have been recorded by the troops in the fight against insurgency.
The statement further advised members of the public to disregard the report and go about their legitimate businesses as the Nigerian Army was on top of the situation.
“It is my well-thought-out opinion that in future, media practitioners should endeavour to verify facts from the appropriate military authority before rushing to the press.”
SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (local news)