Presidency argues with tweeter users over Benue killings

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The Presidency on Monday said some of the photos depicting butchered victims going viral in social media were not from the recent attacks in Benue state.

It said some of them were photos from countries outside Nigeria which people lift from the net and circulate in social media platforms.

This was stated by an arm of the Office of the President, Digital Strategy and Engagement Unit, in a tweet on its Twitter handle posted on @DigiCommsNG.

The presidency claim came after a Twitter user Saddeq, had tweeted, “Deafening silence from @AsoRock On #BenueMassacre make me to wonder if this govt is really serious in defending my life.”

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In their response, government added “Law enforcement agents are working to ascertain the accuracy of reports of fresh killings in Benue.”

To buttress their claim that some of the photos were not real, Digital Strategy and Engagement Unit, re-posted a photograph of a butchered pregnant woman and a link tracing the source of the image to the 2014 holocaust in Congo.

Unverified reports put deaths of people killed in fresh attacks in Benue at 81. And social media platforms are saturated with different gory photos depicting the attacks.


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