GORY PICTURES: Nigerian Military Reacts To Mass Grave

The Defence Headquarters says a trending picture with caption “Alhamdulillah. ZamfaraMustSecure” and several other viral gory pictures and videos of dumping into mass grave of persons purportedly to have been killed in the ongoing military operations in the North West and North Central geographical zones of the country is false.

DHQ Denies Mass Grave/GORY pictures in Zamfara, AFN Operations

The Defense headquatres says the malicious information has no link whatsoever with the operations being conducted by troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN.

Major General Benjamin Sawyer, Chief of Defense information, in a Statement says “… it is true that the Armed Forces is presently conducting a successful military operations against bandits and kidnappers in line with it’s 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…”

Nigerian military says The viral pictures being circulated have nothing in common with the ongoing operations, noting that The action of linking ongoing operations with falsehood is deliberate and thus, seeks to tarnish the good image and reputation of the AFN.

“…For the record, the AFN conducts a fortnightly defence media operations brief in which pictures of the operations are displayed to complement achievements in the ongoing operations. Any attempt therefore to portray the AFN in a bad light as a crude force is unacceptable and unpatriotic…”

The defence headquarters therefore advises the general public to l disregard the gory pictures on social media.