The Nigerian Army has distanced itself from David Bako who claims to be a deserter from the army and on the rank of a sergeant.
The said Bako had claimed the kidnap of the Dapchi girls in Yobe was stage managed and that the federal government paid a sum of N80 million naira to secure their release from their Boko Haram abductors.
The Nigerian Army, has however, in a statement released by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations, a copy of which was obtained by Naija News, said it has no record of any Sergeant David Bako in its books, hence the claims by Bako are totally false.
It also revealed that the website on which the story was published is a fake one.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a news report making the rounds on Facebook and other social media to smear and drag the Nigerian Army into campaign of calumny by mischief makers, that one deserted Sergeant David Bako leaks how Dapchi Girls abduction was planned in the villa and executed with N80 million.”
“The information was said to be provided by Sergeant David Bako who claimed to be a deserted soldier and one of the abductors of the Dapchi School Girls. The Nigerian Army therefore puts the record straight that it has crosschecked its records and could not find any one called Sergeant David Bako who neither serves in the Army, deserted or dismissed.”
“The Nigerian Army therefore dissociates itself with such fictitious report and requests the public to disregard the confession made by the so call Sergeant David Bako who has not been in the Army at all.”
“It is imperative to know that these baseless and inane allegations are not new in the cyber space, knowing the fact that we are in the age of information warfare. Open Source Intelligence reveals that the website Dailyglobewatch.eu with country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .eu used in publishing stories is obviously fake and therefore not correct.”
“Based on our findings the website was registered on the 14 of April 2017 and was last updated same date and will expire on the 14th April 2018, we are very familiar with reports of this kind and will advice the general public to disregard such claim and desist from sharing such information on the New Media as this is against the Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015.”
“However, it is really worrisome to the level at which some people could condescend so low to fabricate fictitious allegation against the Nigerian Army and the military at large for cheap political gains or simply an act of pure wickedness, thus the public should disregard such facetious allegation.”
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its commitment to remain apolitical and non-partisan in the discharge of its constitutional roles. We would also like to reaffirm our unconditional support and obedience to civil authorities as well as reassuring Nigerians that these Fifth columnists will not succeed in their mischief as they will be fished out and dealt with accordingly.”
As earlier reported by Naija News, the federal government has also in a statement by minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said both David Bako and the news he is spreading are fake.