Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman has described as false and misleading information being circulated on social media site that some troops of the 82 Division Enugu are fighting over nomination into peacekeeping mission.
The story purportedly created and posted on various social media platforms by a group named “EASTERN RADIO” claimed that tribal war at Army Barracks, 82 Division Enugu resulted in the death of three soldiers.
However, Col. Usman said in a statement yesterday noted that such alleged reported incident existed only in the obviously negatively skewed minds of the authors of such fabrication.
It further read that apart from obvious flaws and inconsistency in the narration, the Nigerian Army wishes to emphatically state that no such incident occurred anywhere in the Nigerian Army, let alone 82 Division.
The statement reads in part that: “the attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a deliberate and calculated campaign of calumny aimed at misleading the public and cause disaffection among troops, being circulated in the social media by a faceless and obviously subversive group named “EASTERN RADIO.”
“They alleged that there was an altercation in an unnamed barracks in 82 Division over nomination for “peacekeeping operations” which led to exchange of gunfire among imaginary troops that resulted in loss of lives.
The army spokesman said the intent and goals of this band of miscreants is to cause distrust amongst own troops and the country’s populace at large, which unknown to them is an exercise in futility because the Nigerian Army is cohesive.
“Their methodology is to employ such campaign of calumny and distortion of an established reign of peaceful, harmonious and esprit-de-corps culture in 82 Division and the entire Nigerian Army.
“However, the campaign is a failed one as the entire Nigerian Army remains indivisible, unprovoked and not gullible to such cheap and heinous insinuations,’’ he said.
He therefore, appealed to members of public to discountenance the false story of ‘‘EASTERN RADIO’’ and their affiliated secessionist groups as there is no iota of truth in the story.
“We would like to inform the public that the 82 Division Nigerian Army is intact in all its locations and deployments, same goes for all the various formations, units, cantonments and barracks of the Nigerian Army.
“Above all, the Nigerian Army remains committed to providing aid to civil authority as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) and wishes to assure the public of the Chief of Army Staff’s unalloyed commitment to protect lives and property whenever called upon to do so in line with extant provisions of the law.
“We wish to also reassure all well meaning Nigerians that the Nigerian Army remains a national institution which emphasizes peace, unity and mutual co-existence devoid of any sentiments or such variables as ethnic, tribe or religious differences,’’ Col. Usman stated.
The army spokesman warned that any attempt by any individual or group of persons to associate the military and indeed the Nigerian Army with such will be a total waste of time, energy and resources.

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