Defence Headquarters of the Nigerian Armed Forces, has dismissed the claim by the Boko Haram terrorists that the recent massacre of rice farmers in Borno was in retaliation for the arrest of one of them.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while giving an update on the operations of the armed forces between November 26 and December 2 on Thursday in Abuja.
Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram Terrorists had on Tuesday released a video claiming that they carried out the massacre in retaliation for the arrest of one of them by the farmers.
They also claimed that the farmers had also given information on their movement in the area to the military.
Enenche said the claim was the practice of the sect with the sole motive of instigating fear in the minds of the people to discourage them from cooperating with the security agencies.
He said that the information received by the military from one of the survivors revealed that the farmers were called for a meeting with the terrorists on the sad day before they were slaughtered.