Does This Video Show Harassment by the Nigerian Army?

The video below was shared in a tweet on August 27 with claims that it shows the Nigerian army mistreating Biafrans.

In the video, there are shirtless men being ordered by the men dressed in military uniform to lift each other up. The soldiers hit the men and then order them to slap each other as they laugh at them.

Background

Nigeria has been on the push to end police brutality for a long time. Amnesty International has been at the forefront in demanding justice for the victims, accusing the Nigerian military of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In February 2020, the Nigerian army was under scrutiny for their response towards extremist groups in North East Borno.

Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970. It was made up of the states in the Eastern Region of Nigeria and the declaration of its independence from Nigeria resulted in a civil war. In 2016, there were reports of the Nigerian army killing Biafra protesters.

Verification

A Google Reverse search of a keyframe in the 30 seconds video clip on verification tool, Yandex, shows that the video used in the claim is an old one.

A longer version of the clip can be found on a YouTube upload (see below) dated November 2, 2016.

The video also appears in subsequent years on YouTube in 2017, 2018 and 2019. They give no details of what transpired.

The language being spoken in the video is characteristic of Nigerian pidgin.

Verdict

While we cannot ascertain the context, the video shared in the claim is definitely old and the claim therefore misleading.

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Peris Gachahi

Peris Gachahi is a reporter at Africa Uncensored.She is passionate about human interest stories told through in-depth documentaries, data stories and digital storytelling.