The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said the video of soldiers lamenting unavailability of food and water for 3 days was shot by mischievous and disgruntled elements.
The video showed soldiers in Borno who are fighting insurgency group, Boko Haram lamenting the lack of water and food, begging President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said the army has punished the mischievous soldier who was behind the video six months ago.
“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.
“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The Board of Inquiry actually showed that, as of the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.
“In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.
“We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel.”