The Nigerian Army says a trending video of alleged killing of security agents by Boko Haram was fabricated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The Army says this is confirmed as one Simon Ekpa spoke in the video calling on soldiers from the south-east to return to Biafra – Spokesperson of the Army, Col Sagir Musa, asks Nigerians to ignore the video.
The video allegedly released recently by the Boko Haram group is doctored and never emanated from the terrorist organisation. It was fabricated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Nigerian Army has disclosed.
The video had showed the alleged capture and killing of some security operatives in the northeastern part of Nigeria by the insurgents. However, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said in a statement that the video did not happen in Nigeria as claimed.
While asking citizens to disregard the video, he added that it was concocted by IPOB to cause tension and fragment the country. The statement accused one Simon Ekpa, of being the principal actor in the clip, calling on soldiers of south east extraction presently serving in the northeast to desert the Army and return to Biafra.
“Also, the call on south easterners not to join the Nigerian Army is an obvious indication of the essence and objective of the masterminds of this fake video which should be discountenanced by the public,” Col Musa said.
He also promised that the Nigerian Army would continue with the battle to rid the country of terrorists.