Fake News: Nigerian Army dismisses report on secret trial, execution of soldiers

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The Nigerian Army has dismissed a report made by a coalition that it conducted secret trials and execution of six soldiers of Igbo extraction.

They reported that a group that identified itself as a coalition of rights activists and scholars, on Tuesday made the allegation in a press statement.

The Nigerian Army, therefore, called members of the public to ignore the report. The call was made on its social media handle tagging the allegation as false, fake news, and malicious.

A senior military source, who pleaded for anonymity, dismissed the allegation, saying it was impossible for the Nigerian army to conduct the secret trial of any soldier.

The officer said the army usually set up a general court-martial publicly to try erring soldiers or officers, adding that such court-martial must have a President and other members.

According to him, the trials are conducted publicly and not in secret.

“There is no iota of truth whatsoever that six soldiers were tried secretly and executed by the Nigerian army on 25 January as alleged.

“The promoters of that allegation are the enemies of Nigerian who are trying so hard to instigate tribal or ethnic crisis in the country,” he said.

Also, a Coalition of Youth Groups in Nigeria dismissed the allegation of the trial and execution of the six soldiers.

The youth which was superintended by the Emerging Leaders Forum of Nigeria (ELFON), stated this in a communique issued at the end of the meeting of leaders of the youth coalition on Tuesday in Abuja.

The groups comprised of the Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN), Niger Delta Youth Council, Igbozurumee Youth Council, Arewa Youth Council, Oo’dua Youth Vanguard, Nigerian Students Parliament (NSP), and 34 other Youth organizations.

The youth called on the Nigerian Army to consider legal action against the purveyor of the fake news to serve as a deterrent to other hired mischievous propagandists who are all out for the highest bidders.

“Generally, from our independent investigation, there is no iota of truth. We challenge him to produce evidence as we believe the names he mentioned are fake.

“We will no longer tolerate any unpatriotic behaviour borne out of the mere quest for cheap and stupid popularity.

“We are poised to ensure that Nigeria remains one United indivisible country against all human machinations,” the group said.

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