Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has described the online video being circulated by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) alleging that it captured a naval Base in North East Nigeria, as false and another propaganda by the terrorists to remain relevant.
It has therefore called on Nigerians not to fall for the antics of ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists which it said had suffered major defeats in encounters with counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency troops.
Acting Director, Defence Information Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, who made this known in Abuja, said: “The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been alerted to another mischievous video footage being circulated online by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), insinuating the capture of a naval base in North East Nigeria.
“In its usual mannerism, after suffering major defeats in encounters with counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency troops, the terrorists group has cloned another video, in an unwitting attempt to disseminate and propagate false information in order to gain accolades and present a public image of a virile force.
“It is crucial to recall that the terrorists group had earlier circulated a similar video, following an encounter with troops in Baga area of the Lake Chad region, where they claimed to have taken over the Naval Base, Lake Chad.
“Apparently, this video, shows ISWAP occupation of a disused boat yard, which is still being mischievously circulated, after careful doctoring, to portray a phantom capture of Naval Base, Baga, as if it were a recent victory in its insurgency campaign. The video footage is undoubtedly an unclever and amateurish attempt to save face, having suffered enormous losses in several encounters with troops in the last seven months. It is also another failed ISWAP propaganda effort to project itself as a potent force with maritime capabilities.
“It is worthwhile to recall here, that both ISWAP and BHT have severally suffered defeat during fierce offensive operations and air interdictions conducted by troops of the Multi National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) and Operation Lafiya Dole in Doron Naira, Ngouma in Cameroun, Arege, Malkonory and Tumbun Rego, where several insurgents were neutralised, including an ISWAP commander. The insurgents were equally, recently defeated in the battles of Goniri, Nbaga and Gero by the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. Suffice to mention that huge cache of arms, ammunition and other weapon systems were recovered from the insurgents during the offensive operations.
“Members of the public are therefore, please urged not to fall for the propaganda antics of ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists and to discountenance the false video.”