- Report of attacks in four local governments of Adamawa state has been debunked by the Nigerian Army
- According to the Army, the report was untrue and a far cry from a reality, adding that it has created panic in the public
- The Nigerian Army, however, said three people were killed before its arrival and added that peace has been restored in the affected areas
Following a shocking revelation by Sahara Reporters that Boko Haram, in a renewed attack, has taken over four local governments in Adamawa state, the Nigerian Army has cleared the dust surrounding the demeaning report.
Reacting to the controversial claim, the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the northeast described the report as bogus, calling on the general public to be wary of fake news, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the Nigerian Army spokesman at the command, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, February 5, in Maiduguri disclosed that neither Adamawa nor Yobe is under the siege of the terrorist group.
He said: "The attention of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to a misleading news story on Sahara Reporters website, posted on 4th February 2019, alleging that Boko Haram terrorists have taken over four towns in Adamawa state.
"This is not true. Contrary to Sahara Reporters’ claims in that online story, the Headquarters Theatre Command wishes to inform the general public that the said publication is untrue and a far cry from the reality on ground in Adamawa state."
The Army said it was expedient for it to react to the report due to the tension and panic the publication has generated among the members of the public.
Part of the statement also added: "Categorically, no town in Adamawa, Borno or Yobe state is under the control of the insurgents. Unfortunately, the alarming publication has generated undue panic amongst the general public and therefore needs to be addressed.
“In straightening the records, troops were alerted to an attack on Shuwa by Boko Haram terrorists who had infiltrated the village through Karchinga on a looting mission, to which the troops of 143-Battalion swiftly responded by moblising themselves to Shuwa village, where they fiercely engaged the insurgents in combat and successfully repelled the attack and curtailed the incursion.
“The troops, who recovered one Hand Grenade and six rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition after the encounter are currently holding grounds in Shuwa village, while some elements of the Battalion are exploiting further in pursuit of the fleeing insurgents."
The Army, however, said three people were killed before the arrival of the soldiers, adding that peace has been restored in the affected areas.
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The Nigerian Army said: “Sadly, before the arrival of troops to the location, the insurgents had killed 3 persons, looted and torched a shop, a health care centre and a local market.
“It is pertinent to further inform that calm has been restored in Shuwa village, while Madagali, Michika, Gulak and Baza towns remain peaceful and firmly under control of the troops."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng presently reported that the Nigerian Army on Sunday, February 3, said its troops had successfully foiled an attack and killed four Boko Haram insurgents at Malumfatori community in Abadam local government area of Borno.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, deputy director of Army public relations of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.
Nwachukwu disclosed that gallant troops of the 118 and 119 Battalions engaged the insurgents when they attempted to attack the border community on Saturday night.
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