... De­fence head­quar­ters deny sol­dier’s claims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The De­fense Head­quar­ters yes­ter­day de­nied claims by an anony­mous sol­dier in an in­ter­view with the Voice of Amer­ica (VOA) Hausa ser­vice al­leg­ing that three counter in­sur­gency in­struc­tors were killed along­side Boko Haram mem­bers in the Sam­bisa For­est.

The Di­rec­tor De­fence In­for­ma­tion, Ma­jor Gen­eral Chris Oluko­lade said, “Lis­ten­ing to that in­ter­view and know­ing the dis­ci­pline of the Nige­rian sol­dier, as well as the real sit­u­a­tion on the ground, one can­not but have some strong doubts as to the gen­uine­ness of that episode. It is very, very un­likely that a nor­mal sol­dier will make those re­marks.”

He added that, “The pro­pa­gan­dists of the ter­ror­ists should not hide un­der the guise of not want­ing to dis­close the iden­tity of their sources to present an im­pos­tor as a serv­ing sol­dier just to make their fal­la­cious mes­sages look real. That liar is def­i­nitely not a serv­ing sol­dier. You may re­call that Aljazeera tried the same trick some­time last year.”

“Nev­er­the­less, the de­tails are be­ing stud­ied for the pur­pose of sift­ing the wheat from the chaff in case any sense could be made out it all,” Gen­eral Oluko­lade said.

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