The Defence Headquarters has dismissed video footage being circulated on social media depicting soldiers allegedly mistreating women under the caption: “Operation Rainbow in Plateau State”.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, in a statement on Saturday, described the video as misleading.

Gusau said the video in question originated from a 2021 incident in Sambisa Forest involving spouses of Boko Haram members during the capture of their strongholds.

He said the video never emanated from Plateau and “not in Plateau as being claimed”.

“DHQ wishes to clarify that the soldiers involved in the incident above were promptly sanctioned and dealt with by the military authority when it occurred for their unprofessional conduct.

“The dissemination of this old video, with a misleading location tag, is causing unnecessary alarm and potentially exacerbates the security situation on the Plateau.

“We urge the individual responsible for recirculating this video to cease from further dissemination, as their actions are only serving to add fuel to the security challenges currently being addressed by Operation Safe Haven,” he said.

Gusau said the armed forces were actively engaged in aggressive operations and dedicated to bringing the perpetrators of recent cowardly acts to justice.

According to him, the DHQ remains committed to fostering peace and stability in Plateau and calls on stakeholders and members of the public to support the efforts by refraining from spreading misinformation that could undermine the collective goal of ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents.

DHQ refutes alleged maltreatment of women in Plateau

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