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Alleged N20m ransom to bandits: Group accuses U.S media outfit of plot to fuel insecurity in Nigeria

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Alleged N20m ransom to bandits: Group accuses U.S media outfit of plot to fuel insecurity in Nigeria

A group, Arewa Youth Federation, rejected a report by a United States-based media organization, Wall Street Journal, which claimed that the Nigerian Air Force had paid 20million naira in ransom to bandits in exchange for a seized anti-aircraft weapon.

In a statement released on Monday, the group’s chairman, Muhammad Matazu, described the report as a spurious and veiled attempt to blackmail the armed forces and fuel insecurity in the country.

The group also denounced the media group’s penchant for continuously publishing lies against security agencies, questioning whether the group has the competence to cover criminal elements in the country.

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Mr Matazu regretted that the same media group published a false claim in 2019 that the Nigerian military buried more than 1,000 officers killed by Boko Haram in secret graves in Borno State.

He said: “Our attention was drawn to a report attributed to an American media known for publishing lies against operations and security agencies in Nigeria.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have worried, especially since the NAF has since debunked the story as false, but for the sake of patriotism we want to add our voice.

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“Whether the action of the media organization finds it opportune to spread such rubbish at a time when the NAF bombarded the bandits and decimated them remains curious.

“Obviously this shows that the report was designed to embarrass the NAF who are doing so well to the admiration of Nigerians and anyone who wants the sanctity of the country to be preserved.

“For the sake of clarity, please be aware that the NAF continued to attack and decimate bandits in Katsina State, other parts of the northwest as well as other theaters of the country.

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“Only recent NAF successes have been recorded in Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an LGA area of ​​Jibia known for its high incidence of bandit activity. But curiously, these escaped the objectives of the Wall Street Journal.

“We therefore reiterate the call to local and foreign journalists to always check their stories before publishing them, given the damage that false information could cause to society.

“Likewise, we also call on citizens to continue to cooperate with security agencies as efforts are underway to rid the entire nation of criminals and their activities, as everyone has a role to play in securing a country. sure, ”the statement added.

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