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Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Shehuyinka: 2:16am On Jan 09
A Russian telegram channel Срочно, Сейчас (Urgent,Now), with more than 189,862 subscribers, claimed in a post on December 28, 2023 that Nigerian soldiers escorted gunmen to the murder of several people on Christmas eve in Plateau State.

The platform had posted a series of images and videos entitled, “In Nigeria, terrorists killed 198 Christians on Christmas Eve.”

Part of the channel’s report about the post read, “The police and army are accused of supporting the massacre as they did not respond to the massacre for about 12 hours. About 300 wounded are also known. The latest video shows soldiers allegedly escorting Islamists to a massacre.”

The post shared by the channel had three videos and four photos.

Background

Gunmen had on Sunday 24th December, 2023 stormed Ndun, Ngyong, Murfet, Makundary, Tamiso, Chiang, Tahore, Gawarba, Dares, Meyenga, Darwat and Butura Kampani villages in the Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos areas of Plateau State, burning houses, shooting residents and killing over 150 people.

Confirming the incident, Governor of Plateau State Governor, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, in an interview on Channels television on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 said, “This has indeed been a very gory Christmas for us. We have had to celebrate with a heavy heart. Just when people had finished preparing for Christmas celebrations, unprovoked attacks were unleashed on several of our communities.

“As I’m talking to you, in Mangun Local Government alone, we buried at least 15 people. So far this morning in the Bokkos Local Government, we were counting not less than 100 corpses. I have yet to take stock of that of Barki-Ladi. Most of the communities affected in Barki-Ladi share a border with the Bokkos Local Government.”

He also revealed that terrorists had taken over schools in the local government area, displacing residents of no fewer than 64 towns in the state.

The killing garnered international attention as it was met with criticism and condemnation.

Consequently, the Russian Telegram channel used the opportunity to provide misleading information to its audience.

Apart from the Russian Telegram channel, some Nigerian and foreign X (formerly known as Twitter) accounts and websites were also found to be amplifying some of the contents found on channel.

Findings

Claim 1: Video of corpses with surviving children

The first video shows the bodies of multiple people, both male, female and children gruesomely killed lying on ground with blood from gunshots.

The first, which is part of the multimedia contents shared on the channel and posted on the site, lasted for 1:36 seconds. The graphically amplified video shows the alleged bodies of several men, women and children in Plateau State who had been brutally murdered.

Two other children survivors of the attack were also shown on camera. One of the babies cried as a conversation went on. This happened while someone, who wore military boots, filmed the incident.

Screenshots from the video were used to conduct a Google reverse image search, which revealed that the video had been published and linked to the killing in Plateau State by a number of accounts on the microblogging platform, X, as well as websites such as CountingStars Nova24TV, a Slovenian news website, and The Geller Report, a far-right website based in the United States.

Both websites have used the video in their reporting of the Plateau killing.

The Geller Report had embedded the video from a post on X by Eva Vlaardingerbroek, (@EvaVlaar) a Dutch commentator and activist, who had picked the video from a pro-Biafra account on X, TheBiafra_Child NwaChineke (De General) (@TheBiafraChild).

According to the Google reverse image search, the video was uploaded online on December 16, 2023, by Salah Mohammed Ahmed (@SalahMo73628462), an X account. It featured a French description, which was translated into English by Google Translate, indicating that the video originated from Burkina Faso rather than Nigeria.

The post read in part, “The killing was carried out by the Burkina Faso, accompanied by VDP and under advice from the Malian junta and Wagner’s partners.”

The post also disclosed that the killing had happened in Djibo, a town in northern Burkina Faso and the capital city of Soum Province.

Djibo is reportedly one of the terror hotspots for Islamist terrorists in Burkina Faso and a hazardous region of the country.

A few victims of the killing in the video were also visible in pictures uploaded by the X account Sahel OSINT (@Sahelosint) on December 17, 2023.

@Sahelosint post had read in part, “Burkina’s army and allied militias killed hundreds of civilians (mainly women & children) in AQ/JNIM dominated villages in their counteroffensive around Djibo.”

The exact date of the killing is unknown as a Google search for a reported attack in Djibo in December turned up nothing. However, on November 28, 2023, France24 had reported that fighters from the Islamist group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), attacked a military base, residences, and camps of internally displaced persons in the Sahel region of Djibo, killing at least 40 civilians and injuring over 42 others.

A response to @TheBiafraChild post by an X account, @Mayla_blj, also confirmed the killing of civilians in a statement released by the Islamist group on December 14, 2023 and blamed the Burkina Faso government. But a Telegram Channel, African Intel on December 19, 2023 published a report in which the Burkina Faso government, through the Minister for Communication, accused jihadists of carrying out a massacre against civilians in Djibo and denied being the perpetrator as alleged by what he termed “communication campaign fuelled by the terrorists.”

Claim 2: Islamist gunmen parade through a Nigerian village after Plateau massacre

The second video, which the Telegram channel claimed to be from Plateau State, was also shared on December 27, 2023, by Remix News & Views on X, a platform that purports to provide news and commentary from Central Europe, specifically the Visegrád countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).

The caption of the video on Remix News & Views post read, “WATCH: Islamist gunmen parade through a Nigerian village after massacring 140 men, women, and children with firearms and machetes in the predominantly Christian Plateau State. Here, the terrorists can be heard victoriously shouting “Allahu Akbar,” but a Reuters report suggested the escalating conflict was primarily a result of “climate change and expanding agriculture.”

Other footages showed looted churches with blood-stained floors as Christians were butchered while celebrating Christmas with their families.

Remix News & Views and the Russian Telegram Channel both claimed that the video was shot in Plateau State.

READ ALSO: https://www.economypost.ng/featured/how-rubberstamp-national-assembly-plunged-nigeria-into-n96trn-debt/2023/12/01/

A security analyst and counter-insurgency specialist in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, posted the video on X on December 26, 2023, according to a screenshot search of the footage conducted with the inVID video verifier.

In the post, he clarified that the video showed members of the terrorist organisation – Boko Haram – storming the ISWAP (another terror group) position at Gaizuwa, Sambisa Forest, after the ISWAP had taken off.

He also said that Gaizuwa, a former Boko Haram stronghold a few kilometers from Bama Local Government Area in Borno State, had been taken over by ISWAP following the group’s defeat by Alhaji Air Hajja Fusambe’s Boko Haram faction.

Claim 3: Soldiers escorting bandits to Plateau State

The third video on the channel shows people in military uniforms amidst several gun-wielding bandits on motorbikes.

The channel had used that to push the narrative that Nigerian soldiers had escorted gunmen to carry out the killing in Plateau State.

A screenshot from the Russian Telegram uploaded video

READ MORE HERE: https://www.economypost.ng/featured/factcheck-did-nigerian-soldiers-escort-gunmen-to-plateau-killing/2024/01/08/

Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Kelvinclink: 2:33am On Jan 09
Ohhh
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Opinedecandid(m): 4:55am On Jan 09
I thing surprises me again.
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by accordadoga25(f): 5:10am On Jan 09
Hehehe
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Apelex(m): 5:35am On Jan 09
Ok
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Armaggedon: 6:10am On Jan 09
Una go explain tire

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Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Racoon(m): 6:55am On Jan 09
The atrocities of these killers and complicit of the Nigerian military is an open secret.

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Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Kingray10: 6:59am On Jan 09
Sorry to say,I don't doubt it,the Nigeria military is capable of anything.
I remember how they accompanied Fulani selling yam to attack people in PH.

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Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Dpharisee: 7:06am On Jan 09
General TY Danjuma a former Chief of Army Staff had accused the Army of colluding with terrorists to attack communities in North Central, so I don't need a fact check to confirm what is in the open

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Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Heart3030: 7:07am On Jan 09
Nigerians.. especially south and middle belt must understand that in dealing with insecurity in their state and region the Nigerian army is the number one enemy..they have been compromised.

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Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by mrvitalis(m): 7:11am On Jan 09
Every town people that has attempted to fight herdsmen/bandit have been invaded by the army

Not saying anything but it's saying plenty

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Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by UptownVibes(m): 7:29am On Jan 09
Niaja.. Nigeria army uses army uniforms, kidnappers uses army uniforms, bandits uses army uniforms. You can't even tell between the real and fake army again..
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by alpharoyalty: 7:32am On Jan 09
The army is heavily compromised to favor the killer fulanis. It's an open secret. It's the same story every day. In as much as I hate to say this, only a separation from the fulani infested northern Nigeria army will save the south. Every region should start looking at separation from the evil fulani entity called Nigeria.
What the middle belt of Nigeria has suffered and still suffering is totally uncalled for.
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Rich4god(m): 8:55am On Jan 09
Whether the army escorted the bandits or not... As long as bandits carried out attack in a community for almost two days without any intervention from the army. That's enough escort for me. If not even if our army headquarters is in far away kebbi or Sokoto, 5 hours is enough time to fly in first responder troops to at least mitigate the killings.

But no, bandits killed people for more than 30hours and you expect us not to say that the security hands is involved in this.
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Joidi: 9:05pm On Jan 09
Shehuyinka:
A Russian telegram channel Срочно, Сейчас (Urgent,Now), with more than 189,862 subscribers, claimed in a post on December 28, 2023 that Nigerian soldiers escorted gunmen to the murder of several people on Christmas eve in Plateau State.

The platform had posted a series of images and videos entitled, “In Nigeria, terrorists killed 198 Christians on Christmas Eve.”

Part of the channel’s report about the post read, “The police and army are accused of supporting the massacre as they did not respond to the massacre for about 12 hours. About 300 wounded are also known. The latest video shows soldiers allegedly escorting Islamists to a massacre.”

The post shared by the channel had three videos and four photos.

Background

Gunmen had on Sunday 24th December, 2023 stormed Ndun, Ngyong, Murfet, Makundary, Tamiso, Chiang, Tahore, Gawarba, Dares, Meyenga, Darwat and Butura Kampani villages in the Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos areas of Plateau State, burning houses, shooting residents and killing over 150 people.

Confirming the incident, Governor of Plateau State Governor, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, in an interview on Channels television on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 said, “This has indeed been a very gory Christmas for us. We have had to celebrate with a heavy heart. Just when people had finished preparing for Christmas celebrations, unprovoked attacks were unleashed on several of our communities.

“As I’m talking to you, in Mangun Local Government alone, we buried at least 15 people. So far this morning in the Bokkos Local Government, we were counting not less than 100 corpses. I have yet to take stock of that of Barki-Ladi. Most of the communities affected in Barki-Ladi share a border with the Bokkos Local Government.”

He also revealed that terrorists had taken over schools in the local government area, displacing residents of no fewer than 64 towns in the state.

The killing garnered international attention as it was met with criticism and condemnation.

Consequently, the Russian Telegram channel used the opportunity to provide misleading information to its audience.

Apart from the Russian Telegram channel, some Nigerian and foreign X (formerly known as Twitter) accounts and websites were also found to be amplifying some of the contents found on channel.

Findings

Claim 1: Video of corpses with surviving children

The first video shows the bodies of multiple people, both male, female and children gruesomely killed lying on ground with blood from gunshots.

The first, which is part of the multimedia contents shared on the channel and posted on the site, lasted for 1:36 seconds. The graphically amplified video shows the alleged bodies of several men, women and children in Plateau State who had been brutally murdered.

Two other children survivors of the attack were also shown on camera. One of the babies cried as a conversation went on. This happened while someone, who wore military boots, filmed the incident.

Screenshots from the video were used to conduct a Google reverse image search, which revealed that the video had been published and linked to the killing in Plateau State by a number of accounts on the microblogging platform, X, as well as websites such as CountingStars Nova24TV, a Slovenian news website, and The Geller Report, a far-right website based in the United States.

Both websites have used the video in their reporting of the Plateau killing.

The Geller Report had embedded the video from a post on X by Eva Vlaardingerbroek, (@EvaVlaar) a Dutch commentator and activist, who had picked the video from a pro-Biafra account on X, TheBiafra_Child NwaChineke (De General) (@TheBiafraChild).

According to the Google reverse image search, the video was uploaded online on December 16, 2023, by Salah Mohammed Ahmed (@SalahMo73628462), an X account. It featured a French description, which was translated into English by Google Translate, indicating that the video originated from Burkina Faso rather than Nigeria.

The post read in part, “The killing was carried out by the Burkina Faso, accompanied by VDP and under advice from the Malian junta and Wagner’s partners.”

The post also disclosed that the killing had happened in Djibo, a town in northern Burkina Faso and the capital city of Soum Province.

Djibo is reportedly one of the terror hotspots for Islamist terrorists in Burkina Faso and a hazardous region of the country.

A few victims of the killing in the video were also visible in pictures uploaded by the X account Sahel OSINT (@Sahelosint) on December 17, 2023.

@Sahelosint post had read in part, “Burkina’s army and allied militias killed hundreds of civilians (mainly women & children) in AQ/JNIM dominated villages in their counteroffensive around Djibo.”

The exact date of the killing is unknown as a Google search for a reported attack in Djibo in December turned up nothing. However, on November 28, 2023, France24 had reported that fighters from the Islamist group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), attacked a military base, residences, and camps of internally displaced persons in the Sahel region of Djibo, killing at least 40 civilians and injuring over 42 others.

A response to @TheBiafraChild post by an X account, @Mayla_blj, also confirmed the killing of civilians in a statement released by the Islamist group on December 14, 2023 and blamed the Burkina Faso government. But a Telegram Channel, African Intel on December 19, 2023 published a report in which the Burkina Faso government, through the Minister for Communication, accused jihadists of carrying out a massacre against civilians in Djibo and denied being the perpetrator as alleged by what he termed “communication campaign fuelled by the terrorists.”

Claim 2: Islamist gunmen parade through a Nigerian village after Plateau massacre

The second video, which the Telegram channel claimed to be from Plateau State, was also shared on December 27, 2023, by Remix News & Views on X, a platform that purports to provide news and commentary from Central Europe, specifically the Visegrád countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).

The caption of the video on Remix News & Views post read, “WATCH: Islamist gunmen parade through a Nigerian village after massacring 140 men, women, and children with firearms and machetes in the predominantly Christian Plateau State. Here, the terrorists can be heard victoriously shouting “Allahu Akbar,” but a Reuters report suggested the escalating conflict was primarily a result of “climate change and expanding agriculture.”

Other footages showed looted churches with blood-stained floors as Christians were butchered while celebrating Christmas with their families.

Remix News & Views and the Russian Telegram Channel both claimed that the video was shot in Plateau State.

READ ALSO: https://www.economypost.ng/featured/how-rubberstamp-national-assembly-plunged-nigeria-into-n96trn-debt/2023/12/01/

A security analyst and counter-insurgency specialist in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, posted the video on X on December 26, 2023, according to a screenshot search of the footage conducted with the inVID video verifier.

In the post, he clarified that the video showed members of the terrorist organisation – Boko Haram – storming the ISWAP (another terror group) position at Gaizuwa, Sambisa Forest, after the ISWAP had taken off.

He also said that Gaizuwa, a former Boko Haram stronghold a few kilometers from Bama Local Government Area in Borno State, had been taken over by ISWAP following the group’s defeat by Alhaji Air Hajja Fusambe’s Boko Haram faction.

Claim 3: Soldiers escorting bandits to Plateau State

The third video on the channel shows people in military uniforms amidst several gun-wielding bandits on motorbikes.

The channel had used that to push the narrative that Nigerian soldiers had escorted gunmen to carry out the killing in Plateau State.

A screenshot from the Russian Telegram uploaded video

READ MORE HERE: https://www.economypost.ng/featured/factcheck-did-nigerian-soldiers-escort-gunmen-to-plateau-killing/2024/01/08/
That's a mere allegation
Re: Fact-check: Did Nigerian Soldiers Escort Gunmen To Plateau Killings? by Christistruth00: 9:37pm On Jan 09
Joidi:
That's a mere allegation


It is Probably the enemies of the FG with their Usual fake News

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