The Nigerian Army has refuted allegations that its members were working together with armed herders and criminals to terrorise Benue State and the Eastern region of the nation.
Such assertions, according to the Army, are unfounded and intended to defame the service.
Brig Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of Army public relations, disclosed in a statement on Saturday, September 3, that the Army would not be intimidated by organisations peddling these stories.
It partly read;
The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a libelous, spurious and derogatory narrative credited to one so called International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law , alleging that the Nigerian military, especially the NA is working with armed herdsmen/bandits to terrorize the Eastern part of the country and Benue state.
A cursory look at the content reveals a futile effort to drag the image and reputation of the NA in the mud, while promoting irredentists, lawless and outlawed organizations.
Unfortunately for these mischief makers, the highly patriotic and untiring efforts of the Nigerian Army to neutrally defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria is visible enough and boldly seen by all and have received international accolades.
It is on record that the NA conducted and will still conduct series of Exercises not only in the South Eastern states, but across all the states of the Federation, which has reasonably reduced criminality.