The Nigerian Army says it has recovered the bodies of all the soldiers killed during an attack on three military bases in Metele, Borno State.
The army stated this in a post on its Twitter handle following reports that the bodies of the slain soldiers and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force are yet to be evacuated.
“For the avoidance of doubt, immediately after the attack, reinforcement was sent to the location. Thereafter, a special search and rescue team led by a senior military officer was constituted and equally despatched,” it wrote.
“The team worked tirelessly, searching all the nooks and crannies of the general area and have evacuated all the gallant troops that paid the supreme price in defence of their fatherland.”
The clarification by the military authorities comes about two weeks after the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, stormed a military base in Metele, killing no fewer than 100 soldiers.
The army had taken issues with the coverage of the attack by the media, accusing them of playing into the hands of the insurgents and publishing ‘unverified information’
It said, “All print and electronic (online) newspapers, as well as social media forums and blogs, are advised to double-check their information before publishing.
“This is because publishing false, sensational news is inimical to national security and could also cause panic, bitterness and disunity among the citizenry.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has launched a probe into the bloody attack, vowing to also look into military spending since the fight against terrorism began.