Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, the director of army public relations has clarified that the “widely reported Boko Haram attack on troops along Okene-Kabba road in Kogi state was clearly not a Boko Haram related incident.
reality, the incident was a
case of armed robbery attack on troops of
322 Artillery Regiment who were travelling in seven Marcopolo buses to
Kontagora for an engagement,” he said.
Laleye explained that the robbers mistook the soldiers for normal civilian travellers, who plied the route.
said three soldiers, who sustained injuries during the robbery attack,
were receiving appropriate medical care and would soon join their
“Therefore, the Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its
earlier warning on the danger of publishing unverified reports and
attributing all criminal activities to Boko Haram terrorists.
inherent danger in this brand of journalism is that it heightens public
fear, endangers public safety and creates the wrong impression that
Boko Haram is everywhere,” he said.