COVID19 Lockdown: Videos of Soldiers Brutalizing Civilians Malicious – Military
The Nigerian Military has refuted the videos of soldiers torturing some civilians who flouted the lockdown directive issued by the Federal Government and some state governments over the Coronavirus pandemic.
It described the clips which are trending on social media platforms as malicious.
Major General John Enenche, Coordinator of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), in a statement, explained that the videos were old clips of past incidents that took place in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
He said some mischievous elements, who are behind the posts, are using the clips to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“Those videos are misleading, as they are not related to the present military engagement of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards the lockdown on COVID-19. The Nigerian Armed Forces sees those clips as calculated attempts to tarnish its professional integrity by some mischief makers,” the DDMO Coordinator added.
Maj. Gen. Enenche, urged members of the public to disregard the ‘defamatory’ videos, saying they are handiwork of false news propagators.
He assured that the Nigerian Armed Forces is committed to performing its constitutional role of protecting the country’s territorial integrity, together with the lives and properties of teeming citizens.