- The Nigerian Army has denounced claims that they are establishing a ruga settlement in Enugu as unfounded
- In a statement by the deputy spokesman for Army says: Security Forces engineers are building a military training facility, not ruga
- The public has been advised to ignore what the army has called a malicious falsehood
Enugu State – The Nigerian Army has exposed a report claiming that their 82nd Division is currently one Ruga settlement between Ochima and Affa is building in the Igbo-Etiti and Udi local government areas of Enugu state.
A statement by Major Abubakar Abdullai, Deputy Army Public Relations Director on Wednesday, October 13th, the allegation was described as being about “a banned online radio “was broadcast as unfounded.
The army said it felt it was appropriate to respond to the allegation and clarify the facts for posterity.
< h2> Nigerian army is building a military training facility, not RUGA
Furthermore, the army said that their engineers are building a military training facility at the named location, not RUGA settlement
Part of the explanation was:
“It must be emphasized that Nigerian army engineers are not building a ruga settlement in any part of Nigeria.
“Rather, the engineers are currently building a military training facility in the Igbo Etiti community of the Udi local government zone in the state of Enugu.
After completion, the facility will accommodate troops during training and help to improve their effectiveness in protecting law abiding citizens across the Southeast. Any counter-narratives distributed through the project are a malicious falsehood aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian army. “
The army therefore urged the public to ignore the allegation of the construction of the Ruga settlement.
Ex-assistant to Governor Umahi arrested for spreading fake news
In other news a former media advisor to Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Godfrey Chikwere was arrested for allegedly falsifying news and spread hate speech.
Chikwere reportedly posted on his Facebook account that the Nigerian army has lost self-respect and that politicians were the ones behind the killings and who gave money to the families of the victims to start a business in the state.
The post later sparked online reactions and was read on several social media platforms.