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Updated: Boko Haram sympathizers unpatriotic – Army

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The Nigerian Army has condemned attempts by alleged sympathizers of the Boko Haram sect to undermine ongoing military operations against the insurgents in Northeast through malacious publications in the media.

This came just as troops of Defence Company, 27 Brigade Nigerian Army, rescued six villagers abducted by terrorists in Kamuya village, Yobe State on Saturday.

The Nigerian Army Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, who confirmed the rescue operation in a statement, also drew attention to some syndicated reports in the media that were aimed at tarnishing the image of the army and dampen the morale of troops operating in the Northeast.

He said: “Today Friday, 8th September 2017, at about 7:30 a.m. troops of Defence Company, 27 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Operation Lafiya Dole deployed at Kamuya, Yobe State, received report from some herdsmen that some suspected Boko Haram terrorists have abducted six persons from their village.

“The troops in conjunction with local vigilante familiar with the area trailed the terrorists up to Mangari village which is about 20 kilometres away from Kamuya, where they exchanged fire with them, neutralizing two of the terrorists and rescued the abducted persons.

The troops also recovered two AK-47 rifles. The rescued persons have been reunited with their family.”

On the activities of Boko Haram synpathizers, Gen. Usman said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to note with great concern the recent spate of negative, unguarded comments and derogative publications both on mainstream and on online media, denigrating the Armed Forces of Nigeria particularly, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force by some unidentified, unscrupulous and unpatriotic individuals and groups.

“This worrisome trend is observed mostly whenever we record successes in our military operations against Boko Haram terrorists and other laudable military endeavours such as when the United States Government decided to sell Tucano aircrafts to Nigeria.

“It is really surprising that these agents of destruction are not happy with the welcomed development of the sale of weapons and our collective success.

“The list of their systematic, unrelenting and futile attempts to rubbish either the leadership or ridicule the Services through baseless allegations is quite lengthy.

“First there was a letter written by some self-appointed leaders of Islamic Movement of Nigeria on 17th August 2017 to United States government exhorting it to rescind its decision to sell Tucano aircraft, weapons and military hardware to Nigeria citing baseless reasons.

“This was followed by another round of cacophony of lies and unfounded allegations through media interviews by some individuals and bloggers and on Facebook and other social media platforms and followed by concorted statistics by a well-known Non-Governmental Organization alleging that there was resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists activities even when the facts on the ground speaks otherwise.”

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