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DHQ disowns pictures, videos of mass burials in Zamfara

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied reports of the gory pictures and videos of persons allegedly killed and dumped into a mass grave in Zamfara.

Reacting to the viral social media clips, Director, Defence Information (DDI), Major General Benjamin Sawyer, described them as false and malicious, stressing that it has no link, whatsoever, with the operations being conducted by troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).

Sawyer, while noting that the military has intensified its offensive against bandits, kidnappers and other criminals terrorising the peace of the state, in line with its constitutional roles, said the operations were being conducted in strict compliance with the rules of armed conflicts, utmost professional manner, strict adherence to rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights and dignity.

The DDI, in a statement issued in Abuja, said: “The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been notified of a trending picture with the caption “Alhamdulillah. ZamfaraMustSecure” and several other viral gory pictures and videos of dumping into mass graves of persons purported to have been killed in the ongoing military operations in the North West and North Central geographical zones of the country.”

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