Hollywood actress and United Nations Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, has condemned the recent attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group on Baga, a community in Borno State.
Ms. Jolie in a statement said each new crime committed by the group exceeds the last brutality and stressed the need for the group’s activity to be crippled in Nigeria.
“Each new crime committed by Boko Haram exceeds the last in brutality. This is a direct consequence of the environment of total impunity in which Boko Haram operates. Every time they get away with mass murder, rape and the enslavement of women and children, they are emboldened,” Ms. Jolie said.
Also, the Executive Director United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Anthony Lake, has condemned the prolific killings saying that words cannot express the agency’s outrage nor agony of resident of the constant violent attack.
“Young girls sent to die with a bomb strapped to their chests in Maiduguri. And lest we forget, more than two hundred girls stolen from their families, still lost,” Mr. Lake said.
He also said the unbearable images from the massacre in the community should fire up an effective action.
Over the weekend, there were reports of a massive onslaught in Baga community by the Boko Haram. The Internet was agog with news that the terrorist group killed over 2, 000 people including women, children and the aged.
The Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, in a statement denied the high casualty figure in the attack. He said the casualty figure reported by the media is an exaggerated estimate.
Mr. Olukolade also said the number of people who lost their lives during the recent attack so far – including some terrorists – have not exceeded 150.