Borno Blasts: Govt. Condemns Attack, Advocates Community Policing

BornoThe Borno State Government has condemned Wednesday morning’s attack on worshippers in a village near Maiduguri, the capital city.

The early morning explosion left 26 persons dead including the two female suicide bombers that carried out the attack.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, urged the people of the state to imbibe community policing as the only accurate solution to fishing criminals infiltrating towns.

Wednesday morning’s attack has put Umarari Mulai in the news for the third time over suicide bombing attacks.

Umarari, a village barely six kilometres away from Maiduguri, is mostly occupied by residents dislodged by Boko Haram insurgents from adjourning villages.

The last attack carried out in December 2015, had involved several women and children fleeing from the outlawed terrorists in their original towns.

The latest attack was reportedly carried out by two female suicide bombers as a resident in the village, Bako Mustafa, recounts.

“Exactly 5 O’clock in the morning, two women came from the bush. One of them detonated her explosive in the mosque while worshippers were praying (and) the other one positioned herself at the Liman’s house and detonated when sympathisers had gathered,” Mustafa said.

The Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency in Borno State, Ahmed Satomi, blamed the repeated attacks on Umarari to its proximity to the notorious Sambisa forest, calling for deployment of more security operatives to comb the area.

President Buhari Condemns Terrorist Attacks In Umarari

terrorist attacksPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist attacks that left at least 26 dead and 18 others injured in Umarari-Mulai, in the outskirts of Maiduguri in Borno State.

President Buhari stated this on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital while commiserating with families of the victims of the twin blasts.

He assured that with the current renewed determination of the Nigerian security agencies, coupled with the regional and international attention, which is now constantly focused on the eradication of terrorism, the final end of Boko Haram is in sight.

The President noted that the condemnable and reprehensible attack on a place of worship by perpetrators, who pretended to be worshippers, has once again exposed them as mere criminals, who have no place among civilized people.

He expressed his deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Borno State over the incident.

Resolve To Defeat The Enemy
The President, who wished speedy recovery to those injured also commended the security agencies and care givers for their prompt deployment to the area.

He reaffirmed that those who perpetrate, finance, organise and sponsor these reprehensible acts of terrorism would not escape punishment.

President Buhari implored Nigerians to continue to remain vigilant to the antics of these lawless individuals and cooperate with the relevant government agencies in Nigeria’s unshaken resolve to defeat the enemy.

The President prayed that Almighty Allah would receive the souls of the departed.

Meanwhile, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has also condemned the blasts, urging the locals to imbibe community policing as the only accurate solution to fishing criminals infiltrating towns.

Wednesday morning’s attack has put Umarari Mulai in the news for the third time over suicide bombing attacks.bomb

Umarari, a village barely six kilometres away from Maiduguri, is mostly occupied by residents dislodged by Boko Haram insurgents from adjourning villages.

The last attack carried out in December 2015, had involved several women and children fleeing from the outlawed terrorists in their original towns.

IDPs Vacate Schools In Maiduguri

IDPsThe Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have vacated public schools within Maiduguri town where they have been sheltered by the Borno State Government.

On Tuesday, the State Emergency Management Agency evacuated the IDPs to alternative camps for the reopening and commencement of academic session in public schools.

Three public schools had already been vacated as thousands of relocated IDPs adjust in their new camps.

Borno State education officials said that the closure of schools had been a setback for the state, but the plan is to get the kids back to their classes as soon as possible.

Six out of the 23 makeshift camps for the IDPs in Maiduguri were located within boarding public schools.

The schools were shut down to make room for dislodged persons from local council areas in the heat of the insurgency.

Displaced persons from the Government College Maiduguri had stayed the longest in the temporary shelter, following the taking over of their town by the outlawed Boko Haram since May, 2014.

On Sunday, the IDPs from Gwoza Council Area of Borno State protested their evacuation from public schools within the capital city where they found temporary shelter for more than a year.

An IDP, Adamu Modu, told Channels Television that:” The truth is we have been fighting for our return home.

“Our leaders have been telling us that the terrorists are still seen in our town. Our cry is that we need the government to help us return home since the rainy season is setting in, we can go back to our farms and begin to help ourselves.”

But a representative of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, said that security reports indicated that returning the nearly 6,000 IDPs to Gwoza is not a good idea.

Other evacuees from the Women Teachers’ College and Yerwa Girls’ Secondary School were split between the Dalori and Gubio road camps respectively.

Humanitarian officials said that there are nearly two million refugees in Maiduguri either living in makeshift camps or with relatives within the host community.

Gwoza IDPs Protest Evacuation From Schools

IDPsInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza Council Area of Borno State are protesting their evacuation from public schools within the capital city where they have found temporary shelter for more than a year.

The State Government had shut down public schools within Maiduguri to accommodate the displaced persons sacked from 20 local government areas in the heat of Boko Haram insurgents attacks.

Evacuation of the displaced persons to alternative makeshift camps is part of government’s plans to reopen public schools.

Eight thousand school age children were forced out of their classes.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, said that 700 tents had already been constructed at the Bakassi camp to house the IDPS from Monguno and Gwoza Local Government Areas.

Mr Satomi said that the Yerwa Secondary School and Women Teachers’ College among others, had already been evacuated. Some IDPs from Gwoza Local Council had been occupying the Government College Maiduguri.

A Borno Senator, Shehu Garbai, recently said that most local government areas in the state were partially occupied by the terrorists.

Mr Garbai claimed that out of the 12 local wards in Gwoza, six were still under the control of Boko Haram. This is contrary to claims by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, in December that Boko Haram insurgents had been sufficiently decimated and could no longer take away any territory from Nigerians.

The outlawed Boko Haram had overran Gwoza late 2014 in a bloody attack.

In March 2015, the Nigerian military announced the liberation of Gwoza.

FG Directs Security Beef-up Around All IDP Camps

securityThe federal government has directed a beef-up of security in and around camps for internally displaced persons in the country with renewed measures put in place to guard against any further occurrence of suicide attacks and loss of lives in the camps.

This is coming on the heels of the suicide bombing at an IDP camp in Dikwa, Borno State, which left over 50 persons dead and nearly 100 injured.

In a statement from the office of the Vice President, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said that the full weight of the federal government’s force would be deployed to hunt down the perpetrators of this evil act.

Commiserating with the families of the victims and the entire people and government of Borno State, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that there will be no hiding place for terrorists as all efforts would be doubled to confront terrorists continuously in the protection of lives, liberty and property of all Nigerians.

He also expressed regrets that the terror attack was carried out on persons who are already victims of terrorist attacks and taking temporary refuge at a displacement camp.

Two suicide bombers had infiltrated the Dikwa camp unnoticed and detonated their explosives while breakfast was being served.

The deceased victims were mostly women and children.

51 Feared Dead In Dikwa Suicide Attack

Suicide-bomberAt least 51 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Dikwa, a local council in Borno State, villagers say.

Seventy-eight injured persons have also been evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment.

A mass burial has already been conducted for the deceased victims, mostly women and children.

Dikwa, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, once occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists, was declared liberated by the Nigerian Army since July last year.

“In A War Zone”

Witnesses say two suicide bombers infiltrated the camp unnoticed and detonated their explosives while breakfast was being served on Tuesday morning.

One of the survivors, Mustapha Ali, narrated the ordeal to Channels Television.

He said: “Between 6:00am to 7:00am [local time] when people were trying to line up for breakfast an explosive went off. In the ensuing confusion another blast went off again. We do not have control over our movement only the government decides where we stay but we wish they would relocate us to Maiduguri because we are in a war zone. Even though we are surrounded by soldiers”.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi, said the army had gotten hold of the third culprit who was making confessions already.

Although SEMA is silent about the actual number of deaths, villagers, who took part in the mass burial, say 51 persons were buried in Dikwa.

The Operation Lafiya Dole has declined comments on the incidence.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is the prime suspect. The group had carried out similar attacks in the region in the past.

The group is attempting to establish an Islamic State in the region and end Western Education.

At least 51,000 Internally Displaced Persons are living in Dikwa.