The Nigerian Army has said it has uncovered plans to thwart its efforts in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.
Colonel Sani Usman, acting army director public relations, made this known in a statement released on September 8, Tuesday.
He said: “It has come to our knowledge that some foreign media, Nongovernmental and Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with some of their Nigerian affiliates and Civil Society Organizations for reasons known to them are about to start making false claims of alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian Army.”
Usman noted that this group of people and their agents are not happy with the progress made to solve the security challenges bedeviling the nation as manifested in the terrorists activities.
“The implication of such act is not lost on us as it is capable of thwarting the gains in the fight against terrorism and insurgency. In addition, these unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements are far less concern about the general wellbeing of our citizens. They are driven by material and pecuniary gains,” he added.
“The Nigeiran Army would like to reiterate and renew its commitment to upholding human right principles and practice. We have been protecting human rights and we are not party to any breach of human rights in our country or during any of our operations. We would not condone any Human rights abuses.
The army director added: “Where there are allegations of human rights violation by any individual or group, this would be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty would be brought to book in accordance with extant laws. Therefore, the Nigerian Army would not succumb to blackmail and neither would it be distracted from its determined effort of defending the territorial integrity of our great nation and safeguarding the security of its citizens. We would continue to solicit the support of well meaning Nigerians in this regards.”
However, Boko Haram is reportedly trying to expand its territory to central Nigeria.
The Directorate of State Service (DSS) has disclosed that there is a sudden arrival of the insurgents in Lagos, adding that some of them are also present in states like Plateau, Gombe and Enugu.
Recently, authorities uncovered plots by the terrorists to launch attacks on Suleja, Niger state, near Abuja, Gwagwalada, Garki, Central Business District, targeting public buildings and installations among others.