The Nigerian Army has disowned a video making the rounds on social media about its ongoing internal security in Orlu, Imo State.
Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Public Relations Department, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu said the video made by one Joseph from Bayelsa is an attempt to “cause resentment and smear campaign against the Nigerian Army Internal Security Operations.”
Part of the statement read; “Our attention has been drawn to an orchestrated video clip by an unpatriotic element, being circulated on the social media, claiming to be a soldier by the name Joseph from Bayelsa.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that it was a calculated attempt to maliciously fabricate sensational stories to cause resentment and smear campaign against the Nigerian Army Internal Security Operations.
“The supposed individual in the video wasn’t bold enough to reveal his true identity as claimed or present his so-called military uniform and identity card which were deliberately obscured to deceive innocent target audience.
The Nigerian Army warned that citizens have the right to hold and share opinions on social media but not to spread divisive contents by unpatriotic individuals.
Col. Yusuf noted that the troops deployed for Internal Security Operations are guided by extant rules and regulations as stipulated in the Nigerian Army Code of Conducts and Rules of Engagement in line with global best practices.
“This mischievous misrepresentation of facts, misinformation and fabrication of outright falsehood as deliberately made in the video clip are being orchestrated in the social media to tarnish the good image and reputation of the military.
“This great disservice is not acceptable by any standard,” the statement added.
He urged Nigerians to disregard the false information contained in the video.