The Nigerian Army says it is shocked over what it calls “misinformation” about images and videos of bodies allegedly dumped on roadsides in the South East.
This was in reaction to an accusation by the Indigenous People of Biafra alleging that the Army of shot two people dead in Owerri, Imo State.
According to a Press release signed by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, the videos and gory images have found their ways into social media.
Taking to its verified Twitter handle @HQNigerianArmy, the tweet reads: “The Nigerian Army has observed with dismay that various social media platforms, of recent, have been inundated with gory images and horrific videos of few recycled corpses dumped at roadsides and refuse sites in Obingwa-Asa-Aba axis of Abia State and other targeted areas in the South East zone.
“Members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been alleged to be behind the violence-inciting posts on Facebook and other sites, apparently
to create panic and tension among the general public in their ill motive towards free, fair and credible 2019 general elections.
“The illegal group is using the gory images for falsehood and hate speech to also portray the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in bad light, especially in the
South-East and truncate the successes of Exercise EGWU EKE 111.
“The posting and circulation of the disgusting videos and pictures is a wicked plot and deliberate campaign targeted at smearing the reputation of the military and other
“The intention of the peddlers of those images is to insinuate that the bodies were victims of security clampdown in some parts of the country, especially in the
Continuing, the release adds that some of the images and videos analysed by the intelligence services show that most of the corpses were suspected to be victims of road accidents, jungle justice and/or ritual killers.
“None of the images or videos could be attributed to any military operation, as there were no footage to indicate so. While the Nigerian Army will ensure the peddlers of such fake news and hate speech that could create insecurity in the country are nabbed for prosecution, the public are urged to ignore such wicked and sickening propaganda (meant) to hoodwink the citizens.”
The release states that the Nigerian Army found it necessary to call on relevant authorities, most especially health and emergency agencies at the state and local government levels, to be proactive in ensuring adequate evacuation of corpses of victims of road accidents, ritual killings and jungle justice in some communities.
The Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) had accused the Nigerian Army of carrying out a genocide against the South East.
This allegation came in a statement from IPOB on Tuesday where it accused the Army of shooting two people dead in Owerri, Imo State.
According to the statement, the persons were killed on Monday with several others abducted by the Army.
“The Nigerian Army is at it again. Nigerian Army is conducting a stealth genocidal war against Biafrans and it is the responsibility of the world to take note,” the statement added.
“Yesterday, they shot dead two young men in Owerri. Last night and this morning they have commenced their abduction of Biafrans in Aba.
“Biafrans are now the longest suffering race in human history.
“One day the anger will no longer be controllable and the world will wake up then to start pontificating.”
It added that “We have been made to feel that a Biafran life is worthless. Let these facts be chronicled for posterity because we shall reference them at the appropriate time. Any day we start, let the world not blame us.
“Those that gave the Nigerian army license to kill our people will regret and face the consequences of their action with their families.
“Nigerian Army must release those they abducted including a husband and wife they kidnapped this morning.
“Our decision to boycott elections is an act of civil disobedience which any reasonable person ought to understand.
“That Nigeria is an uncivilized backward society is not the fault of IPOB.
“We have chosen a civilized-violent approach but it appears Fulani Caliphate, their Jihadi Nigerian Army and Igbo Efulefus are hell-bent on provoking us to pick up arms.
“When that eventually happens, the world should know those to hold responsible.”