Viral Video: Nigeria Army Didn’t Destroy Farmland In Southeast

As a reaction to a viral video on social media showing officers and men of the Nigeria Army destroying a farmland in the Southeast, the Nigerian Army has dissociated its personnel from a viral video. The video showed troop’s clad in green camouflage uniforms storm a farm in the South-east and destroying crops.

The Army said the video footage was doctored by secessionists, to denigrate and bring its image into disrepute adding that it has subjected the video to credible reverse image and discovered it was first published on YouTube channel Biafra Boy. Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu made this known in a statement yesterday, asking the people to disregard the viral video aimed at denigrating the army.

The statement read in part: “The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to doctored video footage released by secessionist sympathisers on Youtube, featuring blurred images of some persons dressed in green camouflage destroying farmland in an undisclosed location, recently. In an attempt to denigrate the reputation and image of the NA, authors of the video mischievously attributed the action of the persons to the military by falsely claiming they are soldiers and invariably personnel of the Nigerian Army.

“However, following a fact-finding investigation on the video by subjecting it to credible reverse image, it was discovered that the video was first published on YouTube channel Biafra Boy. The investigation also revealed that the image of the men in green camouflage was deliberately blurred to conceal their identity from viewers. Similarly, the authors failed to identify the location, community, or Local Government Area the incident occurred.

“Given these facts, it is apparent that the video footage is deliberate propaganda by ESN to bring the reputation and image of the NA to disrepute by portraying personnel of the NA as enemies of the people. Members of the public are please urged to be wary of such negative propaganda materials and subject them to thorough scrutiny. We, therefore, urge the public to please discountenance the propaganda video as it is the machination of mischief-makers targeting the Nigerian military.

“We reassure the public that the Nigerian Army will continue to operate professionally regardless of all divisive propaganda. We assure all peace-loving Nigerians of our commitment to aid civil authorities in the containment of security challenges in line with constitutional provisions,” the army stated.

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