- Report that 20 soldiers were killed in the northeast has been described as fake
- The Nigerian Army said nothing of such happened, adding it was a strategy aimed at discouraging the public and demoralising troops
- The spokesperson for the army, Brig-Gen. Mohammad Yerima, urged members of the public to keep cooperating with the Nigerian Military
The Nigerian Army has denied a media report that 20 soldiers in the northeast theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole were killed by Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.
The report of soldiers was described as false, fake, and baseless aimed at discouraging the public and demoralising troops in its ongoing effort in the fight against insurgency, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that this clarification was made by the Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Mohammad Yerima in a statement on Thursday, February 11, in Abuja.
According to Yerima, there was no such attack where 20 soldiers were killed, adding that the attack on the troops was cleared by Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) and elements of 159 Task Force Battalion.
He went on to note that two of the troops who sustained injuries are already receiving treatment while soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice.
2,000 Borno residents flee to Yobe
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that residents of four local governments in Borno fled to communities in neighbouring Yobe state.
According to the report, the residents are taking refuge in Yobe due to the incessant attacks on their domain by Boko Haram insurgents.
The report noted that the Yobe police command has taken note of the mass movement of people into the state.
Insecurity: Presidency declares war on insurgents
In a related development, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, February 9, said Nigeria has set wheels on move in the fight against insurgency with the newly appointed service chiefs.
Osinbajo, who spoke at the registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his hometown in Ikenne LGA of Ogun state, expressed this confidence, saying there is the hope of victory.
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