As the Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital continues, the Nigerian army sent to bring succour to law abiding citizens in that area seems to have lost focus, innocent civilians seem to be bearing the brunt of what is meant for the real Boko Haram militants.
This Video released recently by the Reuters news Agency shows one of such atrocities, meanwhile Defence Headquarters has described the video clip as a conspiracy.
The top management of Defence Information comprising the Director of Defence Information, Col. Mohammed Yerima; the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Kayode Koleosho; the Director of Air Force Information, Air Commodore Yususf Anas; and a representative of the Naval Director of Information, Commander Wabi Mohammed, debunked the allegation during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Military high command also demanded an immediate apology from the international news agency, with a proviso that the apology be given the same level of prominence given to its earlier report.
Yerima, who briefed journalists on behalf of his colleagues, said the Armed Forces would be compelled to take further step if Reuters did not comply with the directive.
Yerima said investigation conducted by the Military High Command revealed that the controversial video was the same clip shown on Aljazeera on February 4, 2010 where it was alleged that Nigerian soldiers were killing civilians in Jos, Plateau State.