Army assures UNIMAID of security over Boko Haram terrorism

• Nigeria, Cameroon troops patrol borders
• Rights group seeks compensation for victims

The Nigerian Army yesterday assured management of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) of security of lives and property against the Boko Haram insurgents.Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Yusufu, gave the assurance when he paid an official visit to Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi in Maiduguri.

Yusufu sympathised with the University community over the recent suicide bombings that claimed the lives of the institution’s security personnel.His words: “The army commended the university staff and the Vice Chancellor for holding forth during the attack. You took the bull by the horn for not closing the University, in spite of the incessant attacks on the community.

“Closing the university after the attacks, could have sent a wrong signal to the perpetrators of the act.”He called on the University community to provide security agencies with relevant information that would assist them to checkmate attacks.Njodi assured the GOC of the university’s support in the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said that it had collaborated with Cameroonian troops to patrol the border areas and scale up security and prevent Boko Haram insurgents from carrying out further attacks in the border areas.

The military authorities said the border areas cover a distance of 1,500 kilometres and cut across Mandara Mountains to the Eastern part of Nigeria.Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru disclosed this in Maiduguri yesterday shortly after meeting with its Cameroonian counterpart at the Maimalari Cantonment.

Attahiru said that the security agencies of both countries should work closely to bring Boko Haram activities in the border areas to an end.The Cameroon team leader, Brig-Gen Valere Nka said Cameroon was pleased to have bilateral arrangement with Nigeria to improve the security situation in the borderlines of both countries and called for more support to end Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism.

However, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged the Federal Government to compensate victims of Boko Haram attacks and prosecute the culprits.  The group criticised government’s proposal to train and reintegrate surrendered Boko Haram terrorists.

It carpeted the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for placing so much priority on the resettlement of the repentant Boko Haram terrorists with public fund even when it had failed to prosecute the detained Boko Haram terrorists responsible for the mass murder of over 30,000 innocent Nigerians and the destruction of the North East of Nigeria.

A statement by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko in Abuja yesterday said HURIWA has therefore canvassed the immediate compilation by an independent panel of statisticians to be commissioned by the Presidency of the accurate data of the victims and settle them accordingly.

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