By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday advised the public to disregard trending videos which show military personnel manhandling people who purportedly violated lockdown imposed by the federal government in some parts of the country.
In a response to the videos which are trending online, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche stated that they were old clips of past incidents that took place in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
He said: “The clips are being used by some mischievous elements to tarnish the image of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Those videos are misleading, as they are not related to the present military engagement of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards the lockdown on COVID-19. The Nigerian Armed Forces sees those clips as calculated attempts to tarnish its professional integrity by some mischief makers.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to disregard those videos. It is the handwork of false news propagators. The Armed Forces of Nigeria remains undaunted and would not be distracted.
He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria is committed to performing its constitutional roles towards ensuring the protection of the territorial integrity and lives and property of the general public.