The Nigerian Army has insisted that the viral photos showing members of terrorist groups — Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province — distributing Ramadan welfare packages to some residents of Borno and Yobe States recently were stage-managed.
The army disclosed this in a statement signed by Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations, yesterday.
The military also debunked the report published by an online medium over the purported event, saying it was mere propaganda to distract Nigerians as the distribution never occurred.
According to the army, the report lacked substance as the location of the distribution was not stated in the story published by the online medium.
The statement read: “The article went on to give a breakdown of the food items distributed including cash which the publisher alleged was meant to entice the locals to join the terrorist ranks.
It, therefore, urged the general public to disregard the “propaganda” by the terrorists, adding that the troops under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru would continue to maintain the pressure on the remnants of terrorists hibernating in the forests around the North-Eastern borders until they are completely obliterated.