- Injure 16 persons in Borno
- FG warns against lynching of Boko Haram suspects
Expectations that the victory of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at last Saturday’s presidential election may lead to Boko Haram terrorists laying down their arms, may have been dashed as the insurgents renewed their attacks in Malam Fatori Town of Borno State.
In the invasion of the town late Wednesday, the insurgents killed nine Chadian soldiers and injured 16 others.
Agency reports did not confirm whether the injured were civilians or troops.
Authorities of the Chadian Army confirmed yesterday that the troops were ambushed by insurgents last Wednesday at about 10 kilometres from Malam Fatori, a town Niger Republic said had been recaptured from the terrorists by the multinational forces earlier this week.
A spokesman for the Chadian government said that soldiers from Chad and Niger Republic on Tuesday drove Boko Haram sect members from the border town which they had occupied since 2014.
Malam Fatori was taken over by Boko Haram sect in November last year and had been the scene of fighting between West African and Central African sub-regional forces and the militants.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has warned Nigerians to desist from “self-help” and “jungle justice” in handling suspected insurgents.
The government said that instead of lynching suspected terrorists, all suspicious persons should be reported to law enforcement agencies.
It described as worrisome the growing number of cases where people rightly or wrongly suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents are lynched without recourse to the law.
Coordinating spokesperson of National Information Centre, NIC, Mr. Mike Omeri, in a statement he issued yesterday, the centre had noted with dismay, a new culture of “self-help” gradually creeping into the Nigerian society and warned that such act was no longer acceptable to the government.
Omeri, who is also the Director-General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, emphasised that the development must not be allowed to continue, adding that “Nigerians are advised to desist from “self-help” and resorting to “jungle justice” but rather report suspicious persons to law enforcement agencies.
On last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, Omeri said the NIC noted the high voter turnout, the dedication and patience of the electorates and believes that in itself, it is a triumph of Nigerian democracy.
He said now that the elections were over, the duty of all Nigerians is to maintain the peace and continue to cooperate with security forces, even as he saluted the commitment and bravery of the military and security forces, who made the polls possible.
The statement reads further: “As preparations for the Governorship and State Assembly elections continue, Nigerians must continue to be vigilant and security conscious. We believe that this will go a long way to prove to the world that Nigeria is a stable place where democracy works.
“The record high voter turnout, especially in areas that were previously under Boko Haram threat or control, for example in Maiduguri, is a clear result of the Nigerian military’s successes in securing our country and the Nigerian people’s faith in this government to provide both a safe and democratic election. It is a testament to the atmosphere of security and sense of safety that this government has delivered to the people.
“Our military and security agencies’ commitment and brave service have made this election possible, and giving our soldiers more time to make the necessary headway against Boko Haram has ensured that Nigerians in the conflict areas participated in the elections.”