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Attack on IDPs: Saraki Calls For Vigilance

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Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday condemned attacks on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa, Borno State, where scores of persons, including women and children were reportedly killed. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, he described the new upsurge in attacks carried out by Boko Haram as both condemnable and unacceptable. He, therefore, urged the military to beef up security in all IDPs’ camps. The statement said security forces should step up their intelligence gathering activities and vigilance on IDPs in order to prevent future attacks on defenceless citizens. “My heart goes out to those that lost their lives and loved ones in this tragic event of Tuesday in IDPs’ camp in Dikwa, Borno State. “We cannot continue to live in the fear and agony of insurgency in our father land. The government is doing its best and likewise, our security forces are doing striving hard and we sincerely acknowledge their efforts so far. We can feel the positive impact and effects. But as a country, we need to do more. Our call, goes to the world powers, to come to our aid. We need help regarding terrorism”, Saraki pleaded. The Senate President further urged Nigerians to collaborate with government in its efforts to eliminate terrorism from the land by relaying relevant information to security agencies spearheading the fight against terrorism. Saraki assured the IDPs that government will continue to ensure their safety and protect the interests of the common man. He said: “the unleashing of terror on harmless citizens is an indication that the Boko Haram insurgents are at their wits end. “My condolences go to the people and government of Borno State. God will intervene and help us put an end to this carnage and blood letting.”

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