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We did not obstruct Plateau burial - Army denies fake video

We did not obstruct Plateau burial - Army denies fake video

- Nigeria's military has reacted to a video in which they were alleged to have obstructed burial of victims of Plateau attack

- Army said contrary to the video, the commander of Operation Safe Haven Jos only insisted that proper identification be carried out on corpses

- This was done in efforts to avoid mix-ups which would stem further problems

The Nigerian Army has denied a trending video in which the military are alleged to have obstructed the burial of victims of Plateau state attack.

In a statement obtained from the Facebook page of the Army, the force said the commander of Operation Safe Haven Jos who was personally on the ground only insisted that adequate identification of corpses must be done by relatives before the corpse can be convey for burial to avoid mix up which would stem further problems.

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The full statement of the army:

"The attention of the special task force, Operation Safe Haven, Jos Operational Command has been drawn to an ill-fated video anchored by one Mr Jerry Datti, against the task force and being circulated online.

"The Operation Safe Haven wishes to state that the said video was scripted to mislead the public on the monumental successes recorded by the command in returning peace to the troubled areas of Plateau State.

"The command ordinarily would have ignored the video as a handiwork of the enemies as they engage in various shenanigans to dampen the morale of the masses towards the military have failed.

"It is profoundly imperative to clarify however that, the above video script falls below all known standards of conventional media practice and documentary procedures.

"The video is written, doctored specifically to weaken the morale of masses and pitch them against the security agencies. It is intended to cause the citizenry to withdraw the support they have been giving to the security agencies so as to allow the enemies a free hand to continue to kill Nigerians.

"It is pertinent to clarify on the avalanche of lies in the 13-minute video the following issues :

That at no point did the said Jerry Datti have phone contact with the commander of the Operation Safe Haven Jos as claimed. We challenge him to bring out evidence regards timelines to buttress his baseless assertion.

"That, it is untrue the allegations that the commander obstructed burial of victims of the attack. The correct situation is that the commander who was personally on the ground only insisted that adequate identification of corpses must be done by relatives before the corpse can be convey for burial to avoid mix up which would stem further problems.The command deserve to be commended on this noble procedure rather than condemnation.

"That it is utterly false, the total number of dead bodies claimed to have been gathered by the said Jerry Datti and his group in various communities. This is just a mere antic to raise anxiety and cause disaffection among the masses who have been cooperative and supportive to the security agencies. We challenge him to provide the identities and documentation to the effect that, indeed, such ever occurred.

"That Brigadier General Bello, who is repeatedly mentioned in the video is a junior officer to the commander of Operation Safe Haven, how then would the commander take instructions from him? It is a known practice all over the world as military operates strictly on seniority. This calls to question the integrity and motive of the video and the characters promoting it.

"We wish to state that it is also untrue the allegations to the effect that the commander takes instructions from the sultan of Sokoto. This is not only petty but clearly out of human logic. This is because the respected sultan has never at any time call nor given the commander any instructions either private or operational since he assumed duty here in Jos.

"That everyone is aware that the command relocated her operational base to Barkin Ladi local government, so from where was the character in the video operating or relating with the command from as alleged?

"The same man who alleged that people were not allowed to burry there corpses has on another account said he was assisted by some Hausa residents to burry dead bodies.. Were is the credibility in this documentary?

"That the resort to name dropping as it affects the Governor of plateau state clearly depicts the political under tone and agenda of Mr Jerry Datti as only advancing the course of his political sponsors. Otherwise, why the confrontational approach?

"What links does Mr Jerry Datti enjoys with the attackers that he always get prior information as portrayed in the video? Clearly, we can see a thick conspiracy playing out with the emotions of the masses.

"For, the avoidance of doubt, the operation safe Haven is doing its best to forestall further attacks and restore peace in the community and the command is committed to it mandate more than any other.

"The command will therefore, not be distracted by the evil machinations of the enemies to serve as a clog in the wheel of progress.

"The public by this statement is endeavored to disregard the video and remain supportive of the command for peace and stability to be restored on the plateau."

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Meanwhile, had reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), lieutenant general Tukur Yusuf Buratai blamed on the security crisis in Plateau, Zamfara, Benue and Taraba states on internal and external forces declared that many forces are against Nigeria.

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