By John Ikani
The Nigerian Army has urged members of the public to disregard `doctored video’ meant to denigrate the professional conduct of troops in the South eastern part of the country.
The ‘doctored video’ which has gone viral on social media, appeared to capture troops in green camouflage invading farms in the South-East and destroying crops.
Reacting to the video in an issued statement, Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said it was an attempt to denigrate the reputation and image of the Nigerian Army.
According to him, “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.
“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 Nigerian Army as enemies of the people”.
He advised the public to disregard the video, assuring them of the Army’s commitment to protecting the sovereignty of the country.
“We, therefore, urge the public to please discountenance the propaganda video as it is the machination of mischief-makers targeting the Nigerian military.
“We assure all peace-loving Nigerians of our commitment to aid civil authorities in the containment of security challenges in line with constitutional provisions,” he said.