The Defence Headquarters on Thursday dismissed claims by the Boko Haram sect that the bloodbath of rice farmers in Borno State was in retaliation for the arrest of one in all them.
Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram had stated the 43 farmers massacred in Borno have been killed as a result of they have been collaborating with the Nigerian Military.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, whereas giving an replace on the operations of the armed forces in Abuja stated the declare was the observe of the terrorist group, with the only real motive of instigating concern within the minds of the folks to discourage the general public from cooperating with the safety companies.
Enenche stated the data obtained by the navy from one of many survivors indicated that the farmers have been summoned for a gathering with the terrorists on the stated day earlier than they have been beheaded.
“The reality is that each time they’re shedding floor because of the navy actions, that is what they resort to.
In accordance with him, Boko Haram needs to make use of this to instill concern within the minds of the folks as a result of they noticed the governor making an attempt to be sure that folks return to their properties.
Enenche stated the declare was the standard propaganda of the terrorist, including that it’s one in all their main weapons.
“Our message right here to most people is that they shouldn’t be discouraged and that we’re shifting ahead and together with your cooperation, we’re going to finish this menace,” he stated.
Enenche stated the navy had sustained its onslaught in opposition to the terrorists by way of each floor and air offensives throughout the theatre of operation.
He stated the troops had raided among the recognized hideouts of the terrorists killing scores in the course of the week and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition.