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It is no doubt that Boko Haram is the most deadliest terrorist group, not only in Nigeria, but also in her neighbouring countries. This insurgent group have been causing chaos, bloodshed, destruction of properties, since 2009, as they have caused problems for the previous administration. Recently, it was reported that the Boko Haram attacked Marte and Dikwa communities in Borno State and attacked a building belonging to the United Nations.
After the attacks, the Nigerian Army took control of the situation and countered the attack of the Boko Haram. A report after that, was that 101 soldiers of the Nigerian Army fled and abandoned their colleagues during gun battle with the insurgents. Also another report claimed that the Nigerian Army have declared the 101 soldiers wanted, but all these rumours have been debunked by the Nigerian Army.
According to THE NATION NIGERIA, the Nigerian Army has refuted claims that 101 soldiers ran away while they were fighting the Boko Haram. The Army tagged it as a fake and unfounded news and an attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army. This was revealed in a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.
He said "The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication in a section of the media alleging that over 100 Nigerian troops were reported to have absconded after Boko Haram attacks on Marte and Dikwa. This publication is false, unfounded and an attempt to malign the image and character of the Nigerian Army.
For the records, in a fog of war, it is a routine that headcount is conducted to determine the number of men and equipment holding aftermath of the military offensive. Unfortunately, an internal correspondence that was originated by the formation was not properly done. It was later discovered that a good number of those affected rejoined their respective units and are currently part of the ongoing clearance operations.
Members of the General public are please adviced to disregard the story as the subversive intent of the promoters are targeted at dampening the morale and fighting efficiency of our troops".
Nigerians should confirm stories before they share it, as this kind of allegation can tarnished the name of an agency.
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