The Nigerian Army on Monday said it would begin to monitor and take actions against masterminds of subversive propagandists for their false publications designed to dampen the morale of troops on the war fronts.
Its Director of Public Relations Brig. Gen Sani Usman also raised alarm at attempts to politicise and derail the on-going fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country.
According to him some disgruntled elements are recycling video clips and old interviews of disgruntled soldiers as well as inaccurate reports on the ongoing operations to create sense of insecurity in the country.
The army threatened the law will take its course against people behind such concerted efforts to ridicule the efforts of the military in ensuring peace and security of the country.
Usman said: “The Nigerian Army has noted with great concern the concerted efforts by some unpatriotic elements to politicise and derail the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country.
“This is manifested in the recent systematic releases and recycling of old BHT propaganda video clips, old interviews of disgruntled and cowardly soldiers, as well as false and inaccurate news reports by some section of the media.
“We regrettably further observed the unscrupulous elements are also perfecting strategy to rubbish the government’s efforts in the provision of safety and security for her citizens.
“They are determined to dampen troops’ morale especially in the North East so the troops will become compromised against the war efforts and complicate the security situation in the country for selfish and cheap political gains and expediency.
“We would like to reiterate that Nigeria is at war with Boko Haram terrorists, in any form or guise that they may manifest and strongly warn these subversive elements to desist from these unwholesome efforts.
“We would like to warn that the Nigerian Army will no longer tolerate these subversive acts and sabotage aimed at dampening troops’ morale, affect their performance and to finally abandon the war.
“We will continue to monitor subversive propaganda and take necessary action against perpetrators.
Soldiers on patrol also neutralised three female suicide bombers in Dikwa, Borno state.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said the troops also recovered one rocket propelled grenade and a suicide vest at the scene of the encounter.
He said: “Troops of 22 Brigade Garrison deployed in Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Sunday 30th December 2018 encountered and neutralised three female suicide bombers, while on patrol around Kubtara village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The troops also recovered one Rocket Propelled Grenade and a suicide vest at the scene of the encounter.”