Troops shoot dead two teenage female suicide bombers in Maiduguri

Two teenage female suicide bombers in explosive vests were shot dead by troops as they made an attempt to sneak into Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

The civilian Joint Task Force sighted the girls in Ummarari village, along Mulai axis of Maiduguri-Damboa road in the outskirts of Maiduguri at the weekend but refused to stop when ordered to do so. They instead attempted to detonate their explosives, before the security operatives, also in the area, took them down.

Hours before the interception of the suicide bombers, soldiers had gunned down a Boko Haram kingpin during an operation that led to the rescue of 211 civilian captives from a Boko Haram den.

The civil society organizations and media executives from across the country, said after a meeting at the weekend that there was urgent need to halt the attack of the Nigerian Army by Amnesty International (AI) over the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram and attempts to divide the country.

President of COCMEGG, Kenneth Aigbegbele, said the AI report smacks of bias, capable of undermining the hard fought war by the army against the insurgents and could demoralise its personnel in their constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

COCMEGG said AI’s commentaries were unnecessary, distractive, unfair, and do not represent the true situation in the prosecution of the war against the insurgents by the Nigerian Army.

COCMEGG said AI strangely did not mention in its report nor suggest ways of providing support for the internally displaced persons (IDPs), nor proffer ways of rebuilding the devastated northeast or how to promote peace and tranquility in the country.

In a related development, Senate President Bukola Saraki has solicited the support of Germany in rebuilding north east, Nigeria.A statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu sent to The Guardian at the weekend, explained that the lawmakers discussed how to forge strong economic co-operation, rebuild the insurgency-ravaged north-east.

Saraki, accompanied by Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Naallah, Senators Enyinaya Abaribe, Monsurat Sunmonu and Abubakar Kyari, had meetings with the Vice President of the lower chamber of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, Mr. Johannes Singhammer, top officials of the think-tank group, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and others.

Similarly, the President of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Chinonso Obasi, has said the easiest way for government to permanently defeat insurgence and militancy in the country was to introduce subsidy in education sector.

Obasi spoke yesterday when he led the NANS to a thanksgiving service at the Faith Miracle International Church, Abuja, following the conclusion of its three-day prayer on the quick recovery and safe return of the president.


Source: The Guardian

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