International news agency, Reuters has withdrawn a video purported to show soldiers shooting unarmed civilians in Maiduguri, Borno State. The news agency had initially claimed that the video was sent to it by a soldier who filmed his colleagues killing the civilians suspected to be Boko Haram sect members. Reuters withdrawn the video after questions were raised about the location and date of the video. The Nigerian army has since denied the video saying that it was set up by the sect for propaganda purposes.
The Nigerian army has denied allegations that arose as result of a video that went viral in 2010. The video showed soldiers killing unarmed civilians in an unrest that is suspected to be one of the Jos riots. The statement which was dated 5th Febuary 2010 was released yesterday and was signed by the then Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade.
According to him, the video was a mere manipulation as he claims that members of the Nigerian army were disturbed by the contents of the video. he said that the acts depicted in the video went against everything the Nigerian Army lived by. According to the statement “Indeed, information available to the Army has made it clear that the video clip in question was not shot in Jos as was claimed. The persons referred to as soldiers were manipulated images and certainly not Nigerian soldiers. The vehicle depicted in the film was not one of those used by the Nigerian Army in the internal security operation in Jos”