Nigeria Army set up committee over Maiduguri attack
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced the constitution of a four member committee to unravel the cause of the Easter Sunday night attack in the Maiduguri villages.
This was announced by Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, during the inauguration of the committee at the Military Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.
According to the Commander, the purpose of the committee was to unravel the cause of the attack so as forestall future occurrence.
Gen. Nicholas explained that the committee, which is expected to submit it’s report within three days, is headed by Maj.-Gen. Henry Wesley, while three other army officers would serve as members.
He said, “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”.
Nicholas also called on the people to be vigilant and reports suspicious persons and objects to security agents.
He submitted that, 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 confirmed that 19 persons were killed and over 80 others wounded, while seven suicide bombers were killed in the attack.
In his remarks, the head of the committee, Gen. Wesley said the committee would conduct fact finding visit to the affected communities to ensure effective investigation into the incident, adding that the committee would submit it’s report within the stipulated time.