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by: Tee A from: Salamon
August 07, 2014 3:15 PM
The biggest mistake and oversight being made by Hausa services like the BBC and VOA is the fact that when a so called soldier brings reports or videos of the carnage being done by Nigerians soldiers it is believed to be authentic. Isn't it possible the so called soldier might be a boko haram operative in a Nigerian army guise disseminatng a video of boko haram slaughtering innocents while wearing Nigerian army fatigues? Deception through the media has been a strategy been used by the insurgents in every country they operate. While this is not to say the Nigerian army is not guilty of some extreme measures, the authenticity of material in the middle of an insurgency that the insurgents continue to carry out atrocities disguised as the army is difficult. This would also be excellent PR to recruit young men into the fold of the insurgents anyways.

In depth report even with all of the inherent risks. Well done!!!

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by: VOA from: Washinton, DC
August 21, 2014 3:42 PM
As the story notes, VOA was unable to independently confirm the authenticity the execution video. Based on the reporting conducted on the ground by our reporter and the subsequent investigation undertaken by a larger team of VOA reporters and editors, however, we were able to conclude that, with a preponderance of evidence, the video was authentic. There is no doubt as to the identity of the soldier who provided the video to VOA, nor his support for such tactics being used by Nigerian security forces. Independent groups, Nigerian and foreign, have documented similar rights abuses and atrocity crimes committed both by Boko Haram and Nigerian security forces in recent years. For further information, we would also suggest also reviewing a similar report released by Amnesty International on August 5. Thank you for your comment. - VOA

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