In what will come as a talking point for the federal government of Nigeria, the United Nations (UN) has retracted its initial casualty figure of farmers killed in Borno state.
The UN had earlier claimed that “at least 110 people” were killed in the attack. In response, the defense headquarters quickly denied the casualty figures.
The UN statement went viral and was published by major newspapers in the country.
The UN consequently clarified its earlier position, saying the figure was not yet confirmed, The Cable reports
Eve Sabbagh, UN’s head of public information in Nigeria, said the “110 casualty figure” was not properly sourced.
The UN had also published another statement, replacing the figure with “tens of civilians”, while other parts of the piece remains the same.