The Nigerian Army has decried the circulation of gory images and videos purported to have emanated from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in other to smear the image of the Nigerian Army.
A statement by the Acting Director Army Army Public Relations Col Sagir Musa said accused members of the proscribed Indegeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) being be behind the violence-inciting posts on Facebook and other sites in order to create panic and tension among the general public towards the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
He said the group is using the gory images for falsehood and hate speeches portray the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in bad light, especially in the South-East and truncate the successes of Exercise Egwu Eke 111.
"The NA has observed with dismay that various social media platforms, of recent, have been inundated with gory images and horrific videos of few recycled corpses dumped at roadsides and refuse sites in Obingwa- Asa - Aba axis of Abia State and other targeted areas in the South.
"The posting and circulation of the disgusting videos and pictures is a wicked plot and deliberate campaign targeted at smearing the reputation of the military and other security agencies," he said
The statement added that the intention of the peddlers of those images is to insinuate that the bodies were victims of security clamped down in some parts of the country, especially in the South-Eastern region.
He noted that some of the images and videos analyzed by the intelligence services show that most of the corpses were suspected to be victims of road accidents, jungle justice and/ or ritual killers.
"None of the images or videos could be attributed to any military operation, as there were no footages to indicate so,"
He said the NA will ensure that the peddlers of such fake news and hate speech that could create insecurity in the country are nabbed for prosecutions, and urged the public to ignore such propaganda to hoodwink the citizens.
"NA finds it necessary to call on relevant authorities, most especially Health and Emergency agencies at the state and local government levels to be proactive in ensuring adequate evacuation of corpses of victims of road accidents, ritual killings and jungle justice in some communities.
"It is also of security concerns the dumping of abandoned corpses of loved ones in unorthodox mortuaries are becoming worrisome. It is also disheartening the increasing number of unclaimed corpses in some mortuaries, who are also suspected of dumping some of the bodies in dump sites and waterways which relevant authorities need to focus on," he said