Monday, 17 February 2014

BOKO HARAM: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEPLOYS MORE TROOPS TO TROUBLED AREAS





In a bid to stem the tide of attacks being carried out by the outlawed Boko Haram sect, the federal government has sent more troops to the terror-stricken villages in the northern part of Nigeria.

It was gathered that the insurgents killed over 65 people in attacks on seven villages in Adamawa State, while about 93 others were killed when the terrorists struck at a village in Borno State at the weekend.
The attacks, which happened on Saturday night, have forced about 100,000 residents of the villages to flee over fears that the insurgents could come again to kill more people.


An eyewitness who identified himself as Adamu Bulama told reporters in a telephone interview in Yola yesterday that he saw 40 corpses with gun wounds apart from those who were killed in their houses that he could not specify their number.
He gave the names of villages attacked as Kirchang, Kwambula, Shuwa, Yinagu, Bitiku, Yazza and Dagu, stressing that the gunmen finished their operations comfortably and left without been harassed.
He said the gunmen went about the killings without fear of being repelled by anybody.

Another source from Yazza village said he saw corpses of about 25 persons, adding that he and others narrowly escaped the gunmen when they attacked their village.
But in a bid to stem the tide of the terrorist attacks, the federal government has deployed more troops in the terror-stricken areas.
It has also sent relief materials to Konduga Local Government Area of the state, which was recently attacked by the Islamic sect.
A source confirmed at the weekend that more troops had been deployed in the troubled areas to contain the activities of the insurgents as well as flush them out from that part of the country.
The source said all measures had been put together to restore peace and normalcy in the troubled parts of Adamawa and Borno States.
"While more troops have been deployed for protection of lives and property, relief materials have been sent with intelligence aspect of the counter-offensive in top gear,"  he added.
Relief materials, including food items, toiletries, clothing and other basic needs, have also been sent to Konduga by  officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) led by its North-west Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Muhammad Kanar.
Kanar in a statement by the Zonal Information Officer,  North-east, Mr. Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said   with the destruction of markets in the community, the gesture  of the federal government was well-received by thousands of residents who trooped out from their homes and hideouts to receive the materials.
He assured members of the community that more items, including building materials, would  soon be distributed to rehabilitate some of the structures destroyed in the recent attacks.
"NEMA has undertaken many of such interventions in recent times in various communities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States where a state of emergency has been declared as a result of the insurgent activities,"  he said.
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