By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Contrary to reports that Cross River born Major Alobi Nsor who led the rescue mission to liberate the 157 Task Force Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Borno State which was attacked on November 18, 2018 by an armed terror group has died, CrossRiverWatch findings reveal he is still alive.
Military sources say Major Nsor’s troops were attacked which led to the death of dozens of soldiers. He was critically wounded but is said to be receiving medical attention at an undisclosed facility.
Nsor is said to have joined the Army via the Direct Short Service Course and is in the Nigerian Army Medical Corps.
And, family members who spoke to CrossRiverWatch say following reports of his death and their inability to reach him due to a restricted communication directive by the defense headquarters, his wife and immediate family have remained distraught.
One of them who is a medical doctor said he spoke to Major Nsor a week before the Metele attack but has not been able to reach him since news of his alleged death broke.
He called on the government to “do something” about the spate of falsehood spread on social media as it has left his family, especially his wife, “distraught.”
Furthermore, he commended CrossRiverWatch for its patience to get information about Major Nsor as a publication on this Newspaper would have been taken as a confirmation of the reports.
Also, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army (names withheld) who is close to Major Nsor said that his death could not have been hidden from the command.
According to him, the chain of command and information dissemination is such that an officers death cannot be covered. He said Major Nsor’s family would have been informed of his death by now.
Media reports, including one by London-based newswire Reuters claimed over a hundred soldiers have been killed.
Premium Times also reported that at least 113 soldiers and five officers including a Lieutenant Colonel (who was the commander of the battalion), his second-in-command and three others were killed.
Reports also suggests that at least 150 more soldiers were still missing as at Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, the Army in a statement confirming the attack, kept mute on the casualty figure.
It said, “several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures.”
It described the videos in circulation as “old and inaccurate,” Boko Haram “propaganda videos.”
The Army which said normalcy has since returned following the ability of “reinforcing units,” to “repel the terrorists,” cautioned the media from misinforming the public.
“Whilst it is understandable how such misinformation can spread in this era of social media frenzy, the spurious circulation of some of these videos only contribute to further propagate the propaganda intent of the terrorists; to misinform the populace and portray themselves as what they are not,” the Army said.
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