DHQ Dismisses War Crimes Allegation
Defence Headquarters, DHQ, in Abuja has faulted a British newspaper report that Nigerian government committed war crimes by terrorising some of its citizens in the war against insurgency.
In a statement posted on the Defence Headquarters’ official website (www.defenceinfo.mil.ng) yesterday, the military said that the newspaper did not lay claim to any sense of professionalism in coming out with such grossly unsubstantiated and bogus allegation against the Nigerian government.
The report credited to Daily Independent, UK, claimed that Nigerian government “committed war crimes by terrorising some of its citizens in the war against insurgency.
But DHQ said it is not surprised with such reportage that is unduly judgemental and quite consistent with the disdain and bias with which a section of the western media reports Africa.]
“At what point then did 4000 people die in military custody? This ludicrous report did not come as a surprise to anybody since this biased mindset against Nigerian government has always characterised this newspaper even before the commencement of the ongoing counter-terrorist operation,” it emphasised.
The statement said that the newspaper and its ilk should be reminded that the Nigerian military and by extension the government cannot be intimidated by this patterned bias and supremacist mindset in reporting Africa.
“We therefore urge the general public to discountenance this obviously jaundiced report or whatever phantom video as it is all aimed at tarnishing the image of Nigerian military. The preposterous interrogative posture of Daily Independent since the inception of the war on terror in Nigeria clearly questions the integrity of the said documentary. And is therefore an indication of frantic effort at tarnishing the Nigerian military and ultimately the Nigerian nation.”