The Nigerian Army has called on members of the public to ignore a report by a coalition that it conducted secret trials and executed six soldiers of Igbo extraction.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a group which identified itself as a coalition of rights activists and scholars, on Tuesday made the allegation in a press statement.
The Nigerian Army made the call on its social media handle, tagged the allegation as false, fake news and malicious.
A senior military source, who pleaded for anonymity, dismissed the allegation, saying it was impossible for the Nigerian army to conduct the secret trial of any soldier.
The officer said the army usually set up a general court-martial publicly to try erring soldiers or officers, adding that such court-martial must have a President and other members.
According to him, the trials are conducted publicly and not in secret.
“There is no iota of truth whatsoever that six soldiers were tried secretly and executed by the Nigerian army on Jan. 25 as alleged.
“The promoters of that allegation are the enemies of Nigerian who are trying so hard to instigate tribal or ethnic crisis in the country,” he said.