By wilfred Sawa
The Nigerian Army has described as fake news allegations that it is yet to evacuate dead soldiers who were felled by Boko Haram fighters in Metele two Sundays ago.
The Army described the news as reported in an online medium as false and a calculated attempt to spread fake news aimed at discrediting and undermining the NA in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
It noted that immediately after the attack, reinforcement was sent to the location. Thereafter, a special search and rescue team led by a senior military officer was constituted and equally despatched. The team worked tirelessly, searching all the nooks and crannies of the general area and have evacuated all the gallant troops that paid the supreme price in defence of their fatherland.
It however regretted that some media houses have discarded the ethics of their noble profession through the hasty publication of unverified information. The NA would once again reiterate the need for correct and balanced reportage especially when reporting issues regarding military operations.
Furthermore, all print and electronic (online) newspapers as well as social media forums and blogs are advised to double check their information before publishing. This is because publishing false, sensational news is inimical to national security and could also cause panic, bitterness and disunity among the citizenry.