- The Nigerian Army has disagreed with Fayose's claim about a Boko Haram attack in Borno state
- The military suggested that the former governor's claim did not reflect the true situation of things
- The politician is yet to respond to the military's statement about his comments
The Nigerian Army has dismissed a claim by Ayo Fayose that Boko Haram militants captured a military base in the Marte area of Borno state.
The former Ekiti state governor made the claim via his Twitter handle on Saturday, January 16, following reports of a fierce battle between soldiers and the insurgents.
He had said the capture of the military base shows that the country was unsafe despite assurances made by the Buhari government on security.
But the military in response flagged Fayose’s tweets as fake news.
The army described the former governor as a purveyor of fake news for making the claim.
Meanwhile, military troops have lived up to expectation by defeating members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) who attacked a military base.
The troop consequently regained the military base from the insurgents.
In reaction to the victory, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) on Sunday, January 17, commended the troops of the Nigerian army and their leadership for the successful operation against terrorists in Marte.
The group in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Gabriel Onoja, and seen by Legit.ng said the insurgents suffered unbearable damage in the hands of the troop
In another news, Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of Borno state, has stated that contrary to the popular belief, some members of Boko Haram insurgent group are Christians and white men.
Zulum made this disclosure during the 17th Gani Fawehinmi’s lecture organised by the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held on Friday, January 15, in Lagos state.
The Borno governor, who was a guest lecturer, said Boko Haram is being "sponsored" by many people across the world.
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