... Defence headquarters deny soldier’s claims
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.