The Defence Headquarters on Thursday denied media reports that the Chadian military had conducted air strikes against six terrorist camps in Nigeria.
The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made the clarification in a statement issued in Abuja obtained by the Street Journal.
Rather, he said, it was the Nigerian Airforce surveillance mission that identified targets tagged: Camp 6 around Bosso town which was not within Nigerian territory and alerted the Chadians.
Olukolade said: ‘“Although the terms of the multilateral and bilateral understanding with partners in the war against terror allow some degree of hot pursuit against the terrorists, the territory of Nigeria has not been violated as insinuated in the reports circulated in some foreign media.’’
According to him, “the places reported to have been struck by the Chadians were therefore most likely to be in Niger Republic and not Nigeria as widely reported in the international media.’’
The statement said the Nigerian military would continue to cooperate with partners in the mission to exterminate or contain terrorists strictly in conformity with existing terms of the Concept of Operation at strategic, operational or tactical levels.
It, therefore, stressed the importance of reporting issues accurately, while avoiding misleading or unnecessary sensationalism.