By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army has refuted social media reports going round that five soldiers were killed, while others abducted when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) officials who were repairing an electricity transmission line along Maiduguri- Damaturu road on Monday.
The Nigerian Army in a statement issued on Tuesday in Maiduguri by the Army Deputy Director Public Relations,, Col. Ado Isa, said ” the report is fake and misleading” and cautioned against unverified claims and reports capable of undermining the counter insurgency campaign.
“Contrary to the rumours making the rounds, nobody was attacked on Monday as the road was cleared for the maiden visitation of the Chief of Army Staff who visited troops of Special Army Super Camp Ngamdu” he added.
Col Isa said ” no work took place on the TCN facility as the workers were asked not to go because our troops who were supposed to provide them with escort were busy preparing for the COAS visitation. To this end, the Nigerian Army wishes to unequivocally state that the claims contained in the disjointed reports on Nigerian Army troops are nothing but fake, malicious and frivolous,” .
He further said the news reports were aimed at causing unnecessary tension and instilling fear in the people mind, therefore, we request the general public to disregard the report in it’s totality.