By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A rights attorney, Osuagwu Ugochukwu has described a video publication shared by one Simon Ekpa who is based in Finland as shocking and a threat to National security, thereby calling on the Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria to begin moves to take action against the fake news originator.
He expressed this in a statement titled, “NIGERIANS SHOULD DISCOUNTENANCE THE INCITING VIDEO PUBLISHED ONLINE BY SIMON EKPA ON ALLEGED CAPTURE AND KILLING OF NIGERIAN SOLDIERS BY BOKO HARAM” he personally signed and made available to our correspondent on Sunday December 15, 2019.
“The video publication by SIMON EKPA on DECEMBER 10 2019 claiming that the Soldiers being tied and shot in the bush by BOKO HARAM are NIGERIANS and thus urging Easterners to resign from NIGERIA ARMY is most shocking and a threat to National Security.
“I have examined the purported video and the said soldiers in the footage are certainly not Nigerians and the location not identified as Nigeria.
“Thus the wild claim by SIMON EKPA that Nigerian Soldiers are being killed indiscriminately by BOKO HARAM based on the so called video is False and malicious publication against the institution of the NIGERIAN ARMY and NIGERIA as a whole.
“Such publications are mischievously designed by EKPA who is a Lawyer based in FINLAND, to cause disaffection and destabilize the Nigerian troops.
“SIMON EKPA is a misguided Nigerian Lawyer in Finland who, not living in Nigeria, wants to put the country on fire by such HATE SPEECH and HATE PUBLICATIONS.
“We call on the EMBASSY OF INLAND to look into the activities of SIMON EKPA who lives in FINLAND and hides there to cause disaffection and aim at maligning the leadership of the Nigerian Army.
“We urge the FINLAND AMBASSADOR to by this notice take steps in initiating action against SIMON EKPA who is based Lahti 85 km from Helsinki and operates on FINNISH MOBILE +35837800600,” he said.
The rights attorney urged Nigerians to ignore the said viral video, saying it is manipulated and never a scene involving Nigerian Soldiers.
“SIMON EKPA surely would soon be brought to book by the relevant sate security services and justice will be meted to him in no distant time for engaging in acts capable of destabilizing Nigerian troops and threatening National security,” he concluded.