The Nigerian Army has said it troops deployed in Shiroro general area of Niger State on Wednesday 29th June, 2022 responded to a distress call of bandits attack on people operating a mining site. It says while on their way to the location, the troops ran into an ambush staged by the criminal elements where it lost a number of personnel who paid the supreme price in fierce firefight that ensued.
This clarification came from the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.
According to him, the location has been reinforced and troops are on the trail of the criminals with some already neutralized.
He added that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division has moved to the location to take charge of the follow on operations.
“The NA notes that some clips of the incident have surfaced online and wish to encourage well meaning Nigerians to exercise some restraint in posting images of such occurrence, mindful that our brothers and sisters who may have lost their breadwinners deserve to be properly notified and not to get such information via the media. We mention this, mindful of the inalienable rights of citizens to use the social media which is respected.
“It is also necessary to clarify that activities of the criminals was not on any critical national asset or infrastructure. Furthermore, the NA calls on all Nigerians to continue to support the efforts of their military personnel who continue to confront the enemies of our dear nation” he said.