The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has finally reacted to trending pictures and videos which has gone viral on social media showing the dumping of dead bodies into mass graves in Zamfara State.
The scores of people that died were allegedly killed by the military during a recent military operation in the state.
Recall that the security agencies, including Nigerian Army, are conducting military operations against bandits and kidnappers who reside in Zamfara State’ s forests.
Therefore, while reacting to the allegations, the Director, Defence Information, Maj- Gen. Benjamin Sawyerr, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, dismissed the claim, saying that the military has nothing to do with the mass burial of people in the state.
He added that the military personnel are carrying out their responsibility in a professional manner with respect to the rules of engagement and fundamental rights and dignity.
” However, it is true that the AFN are presently conducting successful military operations against bandits and kidnappers in line with their constitutional roles.
” These operations are conducted in strict compliance with the rules of armed conflicts, utmost professional manner, strict adherence to rules of engagement, and respect for fundamental human rights and dignity.
” The viral pictures being circulated have nothing in common with the ongoing operations.
” This callous action of linking ongoing operations with falsehood is deliberate and thus seeks to tarnish the good image and reputation of the AFN. ”
Meanwhile, bandits were said to have attacked a military Base in Mutumji, Dansadau Local Government of Zamfara State, where at least 12 military personnel were reportedly killed.
According to the PREMIUM TIMES, the victims of the attack are nine Air Force, two police, and one Nigerian Army personnel.
The source who refused to comment on the attack said, ” Operation is ongoing in that area and there is total shut down of GSM communications.
” Our troops are consolidating on successes recorded so far. Information on ongoing operations will be premature at this stage.
” Let us all join voices in ensuring our troops once and for all deal with the menace of insecurity in the Northwest and Northcentral. They need not be distracted for now. “