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WhatsApp Audio Circulating On Zabarmari Massacre Misleading – Borno Elders

The Borno Elders’  Forum has dismissed a claim in a viral audio circulating on WhatsApp  on the Zabarmari massacre, which described the victims as business associates of the Boko Haram insurgents as misleading and diversionary.

An unidentified person in the viral audio claimed that the victims of the Zabarmari massacre were allies of Boko Haram fighters  and disguised as farmers.

The WhatsApp voice note added that the Boko Haram terrorists accused the victims of spying against them, which led to the death of  one of their members in the hands of the Nigerian military.

The terrorists called the victims to a meeting on the morning of Saturday, November 28, and executed them for breach of trust, according to the unidentified speaker.

Borno Elders’ Forum said the purposes of the audio were to douse tensions on President Muhammadu Buhari for his failure to protect lives, stop the call for his resignation and divert attention from the public asking him to sack his service chiefs.

The forum called on the people to disregard the audio and to consider it as propaganda from the beneficiaries of the war in Nigeria’s Northeast region.

The forum said the victims were actually farmers and the government should take full responsibility to stop a recurrence of similar act instead of aiding diversionary propaganda.

In a message obtained by HumAngle, a member of Boko Haram’s i’elam (media unit) described the person behind the viral audio as ludicrous.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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