An attack on Bama, a community in Borno State, claimed not less than 55 lives.
President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the terrorist attack on Bama, Borno State, which claimed at least 55 lives.
An early morning attack was carried out by suspected members of the Islamic extremist sect on Tuesday.
The spokesperson for the Joint Task Force in Borno, Sagir Musa, said that the insurgents killed 22 police officers, 14 prison officials, two soldiers and four civilians. He said 13 insurgents were also killed.
In a press statement, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Rueben Abati, said the President “believes that the continuation of such callous and wanton attacks of innocent Nigerians, government facilities and security formations flies in the face of ongoing efforts to establish a workable framework for dialogue and the peaceful resolution of security challenges in Northern Nigeria.
“The President warns that the Federal Government’s consideration of dialogue as an option for the elimination of some current threats to security should not be seen as a weakening of its resolve and determination to use all the forces at its disposal to crush all brazen affronts to the powers and sovereignty of the Nigerian nation,” Mr. Abati said in the statement.
The President also urged the armed forces and police not to be disheartened or daunted by the loss of their colleagues. He asked them to remain focused and undeterred in discharging their responsibility for the security of lives and property in all parts of Nigeria. The president assured the security officials in Nigeria of the fullest possible support to enhance their ability to meet the continuing challenges of terrorism and insurgency.
“President Jonathan extends sincere condolences to the families and colleagues of the soldiers, policemen and prison officials who lost their lives in the dastardly attack and also commiserates with the families of the innocent civilians who were either killed or injured in Tuesday’s attack on Bama,” the statement read.
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