The Nigerian Army has urged people to debunk the rumours about its troops being attacked by Boko Haram terrorists along Okene-Kabba Road in Kogi State. He revealed that it was rather a robbery incident.
In a statement released to newsmen, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye, said “the alleged and widely reported Boko Haram attack on Nigerian Army troops along Okene – Kabba Road was clearly not a Boko Haram related incident.
“In 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. Apparently, the robbers mistook the soldiers for normal civilian travellers who ply the route”.
He revealed that three soldiers who sustained injuries during the robbery attack were receiving appropriate medical care and will soon join their colleagues.
Further speaking, he advised the public and the media to always verify information from relevant authorities to avoid heightening public fear and endangering public safety.
Meanwhile, the army spokesperson gave an update on the success of military operation in the North-Eastern Nigeria due to renewed morale, fighting spirit and combat efficiency of Nigerian troops.
He advised the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies engaged in the ongoing operation to rid Nigeria of bloodletting insurgents.