Nigerian Army said it has uncovered plans by some foreign media in partnership with Nigerian collaborators to demoralize the fighting spirit of the military troops in the ongoing counterterrorism operations in North-East region.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, raised the alarm in a press statement, stressing that the plot was to be executed through another false claim of human rights violation by troops in operation.
Col. Usman said the development was unfortunate and capable of frustrating the efforts of the military, reiterating that troops and their commanders in the frontline would remain focused.
The Army spokesman reassured that the military would renew its commitment to upholding human rights principles and practice.
The statement reads: “It has come to our knowledge that some foreign media, Nongovernmental and Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with some of their Nigerian affiliates and Civil Society Organizations for reasons best known to them are about to start making false claims of alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian Army.
“It is clear that this group of people and their collaborators are not happy with the progress made on the efforts to solve the security problems bedeviling our nation as manifested in the terrorists’ activities.
“The implication of such act is not lost on us as it is capable of thwarting the gains in the fight against terrorism and insurgency. In addition, these unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements are far less concern about the general well being of our citizens. They are driven by material and pecuniary gains.
“The NA would like to reiterate and renew its commitment to upholding human rights principles and practice. We have been protecting human rights and we are not party to any breach of human rights in our country or during any of our operations. We would not condone any human rights abuses. Where there are allegations of human rights violation by any individual or group, this would be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty would be brought to book in accordance with extant laws.
The statement said the Nigerian Army will not succumb to blackmail and neither will it be distracted from its determined effort of defending the territorial integrity of the Nigerian nation and safeguarding the security of its citizens, adding: “We will continue to solicit the support of well meaning Nigerians in this regard.”