Section of media fabricating stories to encourage Boko Haram – Nigerian Military‎

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The Nigerian military on Monday said reports by some media outfits claiming that terrorists are now in control Mafa in Borno State are false.

It said the truth was that an attempt by a group fleeing terrorists who strayed towards the town and engaged in their typical suicide attack, was duly repelled by troops.

It added that the claim by some media organisations that terrorists chased out troops and took over Marte cannot be verified as troops were busy elsewhere during the said attack.

Military High Command, Gen Chris Olukolade, however, noted that all efforts to track the terrorists who were reported to have attacked the town, had not yielded any result as claimed.

Continuing he said, “Surveillance activities are ongoing although there has been no indication the large number of terrorists as being claimed in some reports attributed to anonymous sources.

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“The terrorist are certainly no longer capable that level of coordinated action by thousands of terrorists as reported.

“Also, troops have not retreated from Sambisa forest as claimed by same sources. Rather, the is progressing and gaining increasing momentum towards clearing all terrorists hideouts in the forest.

“It is noteworthy that it is becoming common for stories attacks on some remote settlements to be fabricated and attributed to anonymous or unidentifiable source in remote places. This is apparently the work of terrorists sympathisers or propagandists.

“Military operations to eliminate all terrorists hideouts are going on well and the terrorists are being seriously decimated.

“They will continue to be pursued and prevented from constituting danger to civilian population in their desperation for survival, suicide or publicity.

“The media is advised to ignore fabrication being churned out by some terrorists sympathizers trying to encourage the terrorists who are in disarray. to decimate them from Nigerian territories is progressing well.

“The military will not be dissuaded by the resurgence false reports on the operations. The progress will be prosecuted as necessary”.