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MNJTF exposes ISWAP’s misleading propaganda on false victory

Following scores of operational losses inflicted by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and national forces on the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the Lake Chad Area, in the last couple of weeks, the terrorist organization has resorted to misinformation and propagation, in a bid to retain its sponsors, supporters and also impress potential recruits.

In a series of falsehoods contained in Issue 185 of its NAL – NABA Magazine of 7 June 2019. ISWAP claimed to have attacked locations in Nigeria and Niger Republic.

These claims are misleading, untrue and should therefore be disregarded by the public. The reality is that in an effort to shore up it’s waning influence in the Lake Chad Area, ISWAP instigated some skirmishes which were all neutralized at heavy personnel and equipment costs to ISWAP. This can in no way justify the falsehoods contained in the ISWAP propaganda publication.

“In the light of the forgoing, it is important and urgent to warn the public that part of a recently discovered ISWAP deception plan is to continue on it’s current misinformation with the embedded radicalization program, as a prelude to launching a recruitment drive in the months to come.

“The ultimate aim is to find replacement among the population for the hundreds of terrorists killed by the MNJTF and national forces in the ongoing Operation YANCIN TAFKI.

“Consequently, traditional, religious, community leaders and parents are advised to closely monitor their wards to prevent them from being en-snared by ISWAP propaganda,” said Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, in N’Djamena, Chad Republic.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.