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Army Condemns Publishing of Unverified Info, Says Bodies of Soldiers Have Been Recovered
Nigerian Army Reacts to Controversies Concerning Number of Casualties in Borno
The Nigerian Army has expressed it’s displeasure over the published information as regards the attack on three military bases in Metele, Borno State, adding that the bodies of soldiers killed have been recovered.
This was stated via the army’s Twitter handle on Tuesday, November 27.
This disclosure by the army is coming after series of reports that the bodies of the slain soldiers and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force are yet to be evacuated.
Gist 36 had earlier reported that the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina had said that the army all over the world does not release number of casualties.
“For the avoidance of doubt, immediately after the attack, reinforcement was sent to the location. Thereafter, a special search and rescue team led by a senior military officer was constituted and equally despatched.
“The team worked tirelessly, searching all the nooks and crannies of the general area and have evacuated all the gallant troops that paid the supreme price in defence of their fatherland,” it said.
The clarification by the military authorities comes about two weeks after the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, killed dozens of soldiers in Metele, a remote village near the border with the Niger Republic.
According to the army media houses have discarded the ethics of their noble profession through the hasty publication of unverified information.
It also urged media practitioners to ensure correct and balanced reportage, especially when reporting issues regarding military operations.
“All print and electronic (online) newspapers, as well as social media forums and blogs, are advised to double-check their information before publishing.
“This is because publishing false, sensational news is inimical to national security and could also cause panic, bitterness and disunity among the citizenry,” the statement read.