The Nigerian Army has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of circulating doctored images and videos of corpses allegedly dumped on the roadside in the South East in a bid to misinform the public.
Backstory: The accusation was contained in a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, in Enugu on Thursday.
Musa said that the group was using the images online in an effort to push false information to the world, and paint the Army and other security agencies carrying out their duties in a bad light..
“The Nigerian Army has observed with dismay that various social media platforms, of recent, have been inundated with gory images and horrific videos.
“Members of the proscribed IPOB have been alleged to be behind the violence-inciting posts, apparently to create panic and tension among the public in their ill-motive towards free, fair and credible general elections.
“Some of the images and videos analyzed by the intelligence services show that most of the corpses were suspected to be victims of road accidents, jungle justice or ritual killers,” he said.
Musa further said that the intention of the peddlers of this propaganda was to insinuate that the bodies were victims of security clampdown in parts of the country, especially in the South-East.
Calling on the general public to ignore the images, he also announced that legal action would be taken against those found guilty.
“While the Nigerian Army will ensure that the peddlers of such fake news and hate speech that could create insecurity in the country are nabbed for prosecutions, the public is urged to ignore such wicked and sickening propaganda.’’