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Army threatens to sue anyone circulating video of Boko Haram attacking troops

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian army has threatened to sue persons who share and circulate video footage of Boko Haram’s purported attack on the military base at Metele.

The army in a press statement expressed concern over the “myriads of photos and video clips being recklessly distributed on various social media platforms”.

According to the statement read: “It is indeed shocking to see how these well doctored propaganda materials from enemies of the state succeeded in creating fear and unrest in the polity.

“These doctored materials are obviously serving the purposes intended by the terrorists to misinform the populace; spread panic, hatred, religious intolerance and undermine national security.

“The Nigeria army wants to categorically state that the videos and images making rounds as the purported attack on Metele base are false and do not in any way portray the reality of the situation on the ground.”

The army said it will not condone the act of spreading fake news, saying it violates the provisions of the cybercrime laws.

It said it will “henceforth, report the infractions and file case against individuals or groups who deliberately spread fake news that aim to undermine national security in courts of competent jurisdictions”.