Dalori Attack: FG Urges More Vigilance Among Villagers
The federal government has blamed the repeated insurgent attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria on poor intelligence gathering by locals.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir, has been talking to the Borno State government and victims of the latest attack in Dalori.
Babachir was accompanied by the Minister of State for Health, Foreign Affairs and that of Power, on an on-the-spot assessment on the insistence of the President.
Before the last Saturday’s attack on Dalori, a village barely five kilometers to Maiduguri, Borno state has been world famous as the epicentre and most affected Nigerian town by insurgency.
Residents have lost count of the number of attacks carried out by the outlawed terror group which has left many dead, maimed or displaced.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no fewer than 65 villagers were killed in the most recent attack in Dalori.
The Federal Government believes that if locals begin to play surveillance and intelligence gathering roles, such attacks could be averted.
Community leaders in Dalori have continued to count their losses, days after the deadly encounter with the outlaws.
One of the locals spoke to Channels Television in Hausa, “They burnt all our cars and took off with some. This has been our source of livelihood and it has been helping us. Today we solely depend on God and we need urgent help.
“We have no plans of going anywhere because this is the land of our grandparents and indeed death can find you everywhere.”
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, expressed worry about the level of devastation and despair insurgency has brought upon people of the state.
The state emergency agency has started constructing temporary shelter for the now homeless and displaced Dalori villagers, who have overnight become refugees in the only place they have ever known as home.
Borno villages have been witnessing series of attacks since the federal government’s directive that civil authorities be re-established in liberated towns.