FACT-CHECK: Did Niger Delta Avengers Have A Gun Battle With Naval Personnel?

A VIDEO has gone viral purportedly showing a shootout between Niger Delta Avengers and operatives of the Nigerian Navy.

The footage generated a lot of controversy online with many questioning the federal government’s ability to adequately provide security of life and property for citizens.

POLITICS NIGERIA, said that in its drive for accountability, it.carried out an investigation to ascertain the authenticity of the video and reported its finding hereunder.

“CLAIM: On Thursday evening, a report appeared on SAHARA REPORTERS with the title “Niger Delta Avengers Attack Nigerian Navy, Kill Security Operatives”.

“On perusing the report, a video was also attached showing men adorned with mufti (clothes) carrying assaullt rifles exchanging ‘bullets’ with masked naval personnel.

“The video was also syndicated across several twitter accounts with most carrying emblems of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.

“VERIFICATION: Findings by POLITICS NIGERIA reveal that the video is not a shootout but actually a Military drill. The entire scenario was simulated to show the Navy’s tactical response to hostage situations.

“This newspaper learned that the demonstration called ‘OPERATION FALCON FURY’ was carried out on August 4th 2021.

“VERDICT: The report that Niger-Delta Avengers attacked Naval personnel in Bayelsa is FALSE.” (Politics Nigeria)

Watch a full video of the simulation below:

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