. We need to do more to counter terrorism – Army
AHMED MARI, MAIDUGURI
Over 20 persons were reported dead, while many others injured when some suicide bombers attacked Dalori 2 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and sporadic shooting on farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Kaleri village of Konduga local government area of Borno state.
.Eight persons including the suicide bombers were, according to a source from the Dalori 2 IDP Camp who does not want his name mentioned said and that the attack started on Sunday night and lasted till Monday, while the shootings took place at strategic farmlands around Kaleri and Alau Dam general area of Konduga.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku, who confirmed the suicide attacks on the affected IDPs Camps and that of the University of Maiduguri, however, said that only the suicide bombers were killed in the foiled suicide attack.
Some hours after the IDP attack, residents of Kaleri community/axis and Alau Dam general area of Konduga, located about 25 kilometers drive and south east to Maiduguri, said: “Over 15 people mostly farmers were killed in an ambush while working on their farmlands by terrorists on Monday afternoon.
A resident, Mallam Abor Konduga told our Correspondent on telephone that some suspected members of Boko Haram armed with AK47 rifles ambushed farmers in various farmlands and killed over 15 people, with several others sustained gunshot injuries.
He said “as we speak, we have lots three of our community people who went to their nearby farms in the attacks, while we also learnt that more farmers in surrounding villages were killed and injured yet to be evacuated”.
A security source who did not want his name in print confirmed that a group of wood fetchers within Yabal forest of Konduga general area were attacked by suspected fleeing Boko Haram terrorists’ elements but declined to mention how many people, farmers or wood fetchers were killed.
On the attacks in IDP camps of Dalori, the Borno State Police Command in a statement signed by its spokesman, Victor Isuku said, “Yesterday 23/7/2017, at about 2115hrs, a suspected female Boko Haram terrorist took advantage of the darkness of night and attempted to gain access into Dalori 2 IDP camp through the rear perimeter fence. Fortunately, she was sighted by vigilant security personnel on duty and chased away.
“In an attempt to escape arrest, she hurriedly detonated the IED strapped to her body, killing herself alone. The impact of the explosion destroyed a portion of the IDP camp fence.
“Similarly, in the early hours of today 24/7/2017, at about 0400hrs, a male suicide bomber attempted to gain entry into the premises of University of Maiduguri.
“On sighting the presence of security personnel deployed to the University on duty, he hurriedly detonated his IED, killing himself alone near the BOT building.
“Both scenes were visited by police EOD teams to sanitize and render the environs safe. Meanwhile security vigilance has been beefed up at these general areas to continue to avert further suicide bomb attacks”. Isuku stated.
These renewed attacks were coming barely 24 hours when the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai gave an order to military authorities of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in the north east to produce leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau dead or alive in the next 40 days.
Meanwhile, Maj.-Gen. Johnny Hammakim, the Director-General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre has said more still needed to be done to check violent extremism in the country even though Boko Haram has been degraded.
Hammakim said this on Monday when he declared open a four-day course on “Leadership in Counter Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism’’ for senior military officers, police, para-military personnel and other stakeholders.
The course is organised by the resource centre in collaboration with the Peace Building Development Foundation (PBDF).
Hammakim described terrorism as a dynamic challenge where various issues come up every day.
“The ability to identify those issues and educate these stakeholders is very important that is why we are organising this course,’’ he said.
He also noted that as terrorist groups globally cooperate to carry out their nefarious activities, there was the need to plan ahead in countering them.
Mr Kayode Bolaji, the Executive Director of PBDF, who spoke to newsmen shortly after the opening of the workshop, said there was the need for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to synergise with security agencies in combating terrorism and violent extremism.
According to Bolaji, at the root of violent extremism is human insecurity.
“People will protest when their basic rights are tampered with, they will protest when they lack food and employment.
“So, we decide to bring agencies, MDAs, CSOs, academics and donour agencies to educate us to be able to have synergy in countering violent extremism,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that resource persons drawn from the academia, CSOs as well as serving and retired military personnel are expected to make presentations at the training.
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