Abuja – The Defence Headquarters has denied media reports Boko Haram insurgents had shot dead more than 150 people from Kukuwa-Gari village.

It shot down reports others drowned in a river in Yobe State. 

The Defence Headquarters said the story was "untrue, "utterly scurrilous and very misleading."

Officials added that the military got an intelligence report concerning a planned attack by Boko Haram on Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe State.

Following the tip-off, troops and civilian task force laid ambush between Kukuwatashi and Kukuwa-Gari villages and the insurgents ran into them.

A gun-battle ensued in which four Boko Haram members and one civilian task force member lost their lives. 

The military thus implored the media to always seek clarification of stories before going to press.

It argued most of these unsubstantiated reports tend to embolden or encourage the terrorists to believe they are invincible and instilling perpetual fear in the minds of the citizens, especially, those in the contested areas of the North East.

The military said it was doing all within its power to protect lives and property of Nigerians in any part of the country.

"Thus, it solicits cooperation and understanding of the media to be partners in progress in this noble task." 

– CAJ News