Nigerians should discountenance video on alleged capture of soldiers ― Rights Attorney

An Abuja based rights attorney, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, on Sunday called on Nigerians to discountenance a video being circulated on social media platforms on alleged capture of Nigerian Soldiers by the Boko Haram sect, describing it as an attempt to incite the people.

Ugochukwu stated that the particular video circulated by a man identified as Simon Ekpa is just to disillusion Nigerians especially soldiers to resign from the Army, adding that such actions can be classified as a threat to national security.

According to him, “the video publication by Simon Ekpa, on December 10, 2019, claiming that the soldiers being tied and shot in the bush by Boko Haram are Nigerians and thus urging Easterners to resign from the Nigeria Army is most shocking and a threat to National Security.

“I have examined the purported video and the said soldiers in the footage are certainly not Nigerians and the location not identified as Nigeria. Thus the wild claim by Simon Ekpa, that Nigeria soldiers are being killed indiscriminately by Boko Haram based on the so-called video is a false and malicious publication against the institution of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria as a whole.

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Such publications are mischievously designed by Ekpa, who is a lawyer based in Finland, to cause disaffection and destabilise the Nigerian troops. He is a misguided Nigerian lawyer in Finland who, though not living in Nigeria, wants to put the country on fire by such hate speech and hate publications.

“We call on the Embassy of Finland to look into the activities of Simon Ekpa, who lives in Finland and hides there to cause disaffection with aims of maligning the leadership of the Nigerian Army. We also urge the Finland Ambassador to by this notice take steps in initiating action against him.

“Nigerians should thereby ignore the said viral video as its manipulated and never a scene involving Nigerian soldiers. Simon Ekpa would surely be brought to book by the relevant state security services and the law will take its course on him in no distant time for engaging in acts capable of destabilizing Nigerian troops and threatening national security,” Ugochukwu stated.

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