Army sets up 4-member investigstive committee on Maiduguri attack

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 | By publisher



The Nigerian Army on Tuesday constituted a four member committee to unravel the cause of the Easter Sunday night attack in the suburbs of Maiduguri.

Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure during the inauguration of the committee at the Military Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

Nicholas disclosed that terms of reference of the committee was to unravel the cause of the attack so as forestall future occurrence.

He explained that the committee, expected to submit its report within three days, is headed by Maj.-Gen. Henry Wesley, while three other army officers as members.

The commander advised people in the metropolis to stay indoors in the event of attack by Boko Haram insurgents, to guard against exposing themselves to dangers.

“It is good for people to stay indoors whenever there is blast or anything, the insurgents took advantage of such situations to unleash terror and kill people.

“It is safer to stay indoors rather than exposing yourselves to dangers outside. Casualties are high due to the people that trooped out of their homes recklessly,” he said.

Nicholas also called on the people to be vigilant and reports suspicious persons and objects to security agents.

According to him, the troops had repelled attacks by the insurgents and suicide bombers at Bale Shuwa, Bale-Kawuri and Alkaramti communities in the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The commander disclosed that 19 persons were killed and over 80 others wounded, while seven suicide bombers were killed in the attack.

In his remarks, Wesley said the committee would conduct fact finding visit to the affected communities to ensure effective investigation into the incident.

Wesley assured of the committee’s readiness to submit its report within the stipulated time. (NAN)

– Apr. 3, 2018 @ 12:35 GMT