At least 10 persons were confirmed dead with scores injured when a group of Boko Haram terrorists who rode on 10 bicycles from Sambisa Forest invaded Mairi Mmumbe village, near Dalori District of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday. The Vice- Chairman of the Civilian JTF in charge of Konduga, Mallam Ahmed Tijjani, said. The insurgents, who stormed the village at about 8:30PM on Friday, also burnt down the whole village with displacement of hundreds of residents. On a fact finding mission in the company of the Senator Representing Borno Central, Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai, and other members of House of Representatives, including Hon.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Sule Mene, disclosed this in an interview with the media on Sunday in Maiduguri. According to him, the team was set up by the agency's department of Disease and Control. The executive secretary mentioned some of the challenges faced by the agency to include increasing number of IDPs coming to the camps on a daily basis from the liberated towns.
Senate leader, Ali Ndume who represents Borno South, has experienced his confidence in the military in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists. In addition to his belief in the military, the senator stated that it was not out of place to start the reconstruction, rehabilitation and relocation of the communities destroyed from attacks by the terrorists.
He said, "I feel highly demoralized, devastated in the sense that this is the village we came during the election and they were going about their normal business. The activities that were ongoing were like confidence building". "It is a wrong assumption that most of the local governments in Borno are recaptured from the Boko Haram. In reality, this is not true in the sense that Maiduguri Metropolis, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar are the three local government areas that are under the occupation of the Nigerian government where the military and police are maintaining law and order".
"The search for the abducted Chibok girls may not be fruitful. Nobody can bring back the girls because they are nowhere to be found." he said. Obasanjo blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for ignoring the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were abducted. "The former president heard about the kidnap 8am in the morning of the abduction but failed to act until 72 hours later and by then it was too late."
Alhaji Ahmed Satomi, the Chairman, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), disclosed this on Sunday in Maiduguri in an interview with the media. The SEMA official explained that the agency, in collaboration with other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) was doing everything possible to cater for the welfare of the orphaned children. The SEMA chairman expressed the hope that the parents of the unaccompanied children would soon be identified.
According to the State Primary Health Care Management Board, about 14,600 pregnant women received anti-natal health care, psycho-social services and child nutrition support. Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Sule Mene, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the deliveries were recorded between January 2015 and January 2016. The official said the agency had established 20 Integrated Primary Health Care Centres for IDPs in all the camps to provide integrated primary health care and referral services.
THOUSANDS of local residents living on the outskirts of Maiduguri have fled their homes and moved into the centre of the metropolis after Boko Haram intensified its attacks on the city over the weekend. Contrary to government claims that the terrorist sect is defeated, Boko Haram has proven over the last week that it is very much alive, mounting several attacks on communities across Borno State. Last weekend, the sect attacked Dalori village in Borno State, killing over 80 people and over the last few days, it has launched an offensive against the villages on the outskirts of Maiduguri. On Friday, Boko Haram attacked the villages of Mairi and Malari where they killed four persons and burnt both communities to the ground.
President Muhammadu Buhari's goal of rescuing the abducted Chibok girls would not be attained as the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has maintained that the girls will never return. The investigation panel is to, among other things, unravel the remote and immediate circumstances leading to the kidnap of the girls by Boko Haram terrorists and the other events, actions and in actions that followed the incident.
The group which commended the former Kano State governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for setting up a boarding school at the primary school level in Kano State for orphaned internally displaced children from Borno State, stated that such gesture should be emulated not just by other state governments and tiers of government, but individuals and organizations. Of 3.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria according to the official records, the highest in Africa and third highest in the world, 68 per cent are children while 45 per cent of IDP children are orphans.
Of the eight housing estates built to accommodate civil servants and other workers on an Owner-Occupier Housing Scheme (OOHS), Christians have no places of worship like their Muslim counterparts that live in the protected housing estates in the last three decades. The newly sworn in Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Borno State Chapter, Bishop Williams Mohammed Naga of Pentecostal Believers Church of Christ, disclosed this on tuesday in Maiduguri while receiving the mantle of leadership at Ekilisiya Yan'wa a Nigeria (EYN) church office.
Senator Abubakar Kyari from Borno State made the call at a security meeting with the Inspector General of Police and the British High Commission in Abuja. A delegation of the British High Commission to Nigeria, led by Gary White, also urged security agencies in the region to work at building trust with the communities. The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, agreed with the need to change the mindset of the youths in the northeast region and thanked the lawmakers for their support.