75% Southern Borno Residents Flee To Cameroon – MIRP

A civil society organization has alleged that 75 per cent of indigenes of Southern Borno have fled to Cameroon, following the recent attack launched on them by the Boko Haram sect.

The Coordinator of the Minority Interests Rights Project, MIRP, Mr. Mark Lipdo, made this claim on Saturday during a workshop for leaders of ethnic minorities in the North, jointly organised by Gatestone Institute, New York and Stefanos Foundation Nigeria.

While speaking about the security situation in Northern Nigeria, Mr. Lipdo said, “These stories were not taken serious because it involves the minority groups. So we are trying to bring the minorities together to tell their stories, especially now that Nigerians are anticipating a new nation through the national conference. So our aim is to bring cohesion among the minority groups, enable them to tell their stories and find a way forward.”

The group is also dissatisfied with slots given to the ethnic minorities in the National Conference being packaged by the Federal Government.

In one of the latest assaults, the Boko Haram group left the people of Konduga town in grief after an attack on a police station, houses and mosques left scores dead.

The sect members also took hostage 20 young women from a local college.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who visited Konduga village, told reporters that up to 70 percent of the town was destroyed.

Governor Shettima also pledged that his government wills about 100 million naira on emergency materials.

Suspects Linked To Borno Mosque Attack Arrested

The Nigeria military says 17 militants behind last Sunday’s attack in Konduga village, Borno state where dozens of Muslim worshippers were killed have been arrested.

At least 44 people have been shot dead at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria, officials in Borno state say.

According to residents,men dressed in military camouflage arrived in Konduga town on Sunday morning, shooting and hacking to death dozens of people returning from morning prayers.

Spokesman for the military, Brigadier Chris Olukolade told Channels Television in Abuja that the militants were nabbed on the day of the attack.

He said efforts are being made to track down more perpetrators of the attack.

Brigadier olukolade also said patrols have been stepped up on land and air , that the number of troops on patrols in rural areas have also been increased to prevent a reoccurrence.