Nigerian House Urges Army to Mobilize Troops to Counter Terrorists in Borno and Yobe States
Local Nigeria Reports Come After a Killing Spree Targeted Farmers
Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Army to swiftly deploy troops to communities in Borno and Yobe states to neutralize the terrorists responsible for recent attacks and restore peace and normalcy to the affected villages, local Nigerian news outlet The Independent(Nigeria) reported on Tuesday, November 7. The report comes following recent attacks in Borno that killed 11 farmers in the region, whose funerals were held on November 6, Africa News reported. At the time of this report, many people were still missing following the rash of attacks on villagers.
The Nigerian House strongly condemned the terrorist attack on farmers in Borno communities, which resulted in the loss of several lives and left many others missing.
In response to two urgent motions brought by Hon. Ahmed Satomi (APC, Borno) and Lawan Shettima Ali (APC, Yobe), the House has urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the North East Development Commission, and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to promptly mobilize humanitarian and relief materials to the affected communities.
Hon. Satomi, in presenting his motion, highlighted that the House is fully aware that heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists attacked Zabarmari farmers who were working in their rice fields on Saturday, November 4. Shockingly, this attack occurred less than 20 kilometers from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
Expressing concern over the tactics employed by the attackers, Hon. Satomi noted that the terrorists arrived on motorcycles and divided themselves into three groups before launching their assault. Rather than using firearms, they utilized cutlasses and knives to stab and butcher their victims.
Security forces and Civilian Joint Task Force groups in the northeastern region of Borno have already recovered nine bodies, but the search continues for more individuals who are still missing.
Despite the ongoing search and rescue operations, another attack took place on the night of Sunday, November 5, resulting in the massacre of approximately 50 individuals.
The House of Representatives, deeply disturbed by these incidents, has called on the Nigerian Army to take immediate action to safeguard the affected communities and eliminate the threat posed by these terrorists. The House has also emphasized the urgent need for humanitarian aid and relief materials to be provided to those impacted by the attacks.
With the adoption of these motions, the House aims to address the security challenges faced by communities in Borno and Yobe states, while also ensuring that those affected receive the necessary support and assistance.
As the Nigerian Army mobilizes troops to combat the terrorists, the House of Representatives remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens and will continue to monitor and respond to the evolving situation in the affected areas.