DHQ: Boko Haram terrorists did not kill 150 in Yobe.
The Defence Headquarters has debunked local and international media reports that claimed that 150 people from Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe state were shot by Boko Haram terrorists while many others drowned in Yobe River while fleeing from gunmen suspected to be terrorists.
DHQ however noted that following a tip-off that Boko Haram terrorists were on their way to attack the village, an ambush was laid for them and in the ensuing gun battle between the terrorists, troops and Civilian JTF, four (4) Boko Haram terrorists were killed and one Civilian JTF member lost his life.
A statement signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar said, “The Attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to the media reports which claim that over 150 people from Kukuwa-Gari village were shot dead by Boko Haram gunmen in Yobe State while many others fleeing from the gunmen drowned in Yobe River in the mid-afternoon yesterday.
“The military wishes to state that the story is not true, utterly scurrilous and very misleading. However, the truth of the matter is the military got an intelligence report concerning a planned attack by Boko Haram on Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe State.
“Following the tip-off, troops and civilian JTF laid ambush between Kukuwatashi and Kukuwa-Gari villages. The insurgents ran into them and a gun-battle ensued in which four Boko Haram members and one civilian JTF lost their lives. At the end of the encounter, 2 x AK 47 rifles and 2 x motorcycles used by the Boko Haram terrorists were recovered from them.
“The Armed Forces therefore implore the media to always seek clarification of stories before going to press as most of these unsubstantiated reports tend to embolden or encourage the terrorists to believe they are invincible, thus instilling perpetual fear in the minds of the citizens, especially, those in the contested areas of the North East.
Continuing Col. Abubakar said, “The military is doing all within its power to protect lives and property of Nigerians in any part of the country and thus, solicits cooperation and understanding of the media to be partners in progress in this noble task.
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