Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Boko Haram: Senate directs Nigerian Army to set up base in Auno


Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Senate, on Thursday, directed the Nigerian Army to set up a camp in the Auno town to protect travelers plying the roads, following the attack that led to the death of about 30 people and destruction of properties in Borno State.

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On Sunday, February 9, Boko Haram terrorists had invaded Auno town, a few kilometers to Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people and abducting many women and children.

Four days after the attack, President Muhammadu Buhari had to round up his official trip in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and flew back to Nigeria on Wednesday, to sympathise with the victims of the attack.

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The Senate gave the directive while condemning the attack during Thursday’s plenary, following a point of order raised by the Senator representing Borno Central in the National Assembly, Kashim Shettima.

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Mr Shettima said: “I wish to call on the Senate to accordingly condemn in strong terms the dastardly act perpetuated by this insurgents at Auno and all the places in the north as a whole,

“Observe a minute silence in honour of the deceased victims of the attacks,

“Ask the federal govt to begin a process of rehabilitating the affected communities through the windows of the North East Development Commission, and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Special duties.

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“Ask the military authorities to establish a base in Auno, to intensify their effort in the fight against their fight against insurgency in the northeast.

“And finally call on the defense headquarters to set up a committee to immediately investigate what transpired in Auno and take measures to stop future occurrences.”

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