Nigerian defence dismisses reports of secret graveyards in restive NE region

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NIGERIA’S Defence Headquarters on Thursday dismissed reports that the army operates some secret graveyards in the northeast where some troops are secretly buried away from the public.

In a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos, Onyema Nwachukwu, the defence spokesperson, said the allegations are false and that such practice is inconsistent with the culture and practices of the military.

Reports circulating online had alleged that the Nigerian military maintains secret graveyards in the northeast theatre of operation, burying the bodies of soldiers which ‘are covertly transported from a mortuary.’

The defence spokesperson, however, said the cemetery described in the publication, which is situated in Maimalari military cantonment, is an officially designated military cemetery for the armed forces of Nigeria in the northeast theatre, with a cenotaph erected in honour of fallen heroes.

‘The Defence Headquarters urges members of the armed forces and the general public to disregard such a misinformed publication and see it as a figment of the imagination of the writer, whose knowledge of military valued ethos and traditions is grossly misplaced,’ Nwachukwu said.

 

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