Borno community petitions Osinbajo over abduction of 14 women by Boko Haram

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A picture taken on April 3, 2014 in Maine-Soroa, eastern Niger, shows Nigerian people gathered at a camp for refugees who fled the fighting between the Nigerian army and the Islamist rebels of Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO /BOUREIMA HAMA (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

By Mustapha Buhari, Maiduguri

Elders in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State on Monday petitioned the acting president, Yemi Osibanjo, over the kidnapping of 14 women from the area by Boko Haram insurgents on June 20.

DAILY NIGERIAN recalls that the incident occurred when the insurgents ambushed 60 personnel of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, a group of mourners and several vehicles heading to the area.

At least 14 women were abducted during the attack, along Maiduguri-Damboa road, close to Dalwa village, about 31 kilometres from Maiduguri.

Addressing journalists in Maiduguri, the elders said they were concerned that the whereabouts of the women remained mystery, just as the State Police Command and other security agencies are yet to offer clarifications on the issue.

Spokesman for the aggrieved group, Madu M. Bukar, alleged that both the state government and security agents were duly notified on the ugly incident, but failed to act.

“We are deeply saddened by the recent unfortunate incident of Tuesday 20th June, 2017, at about 11:30hrs along Abare-Dalwa road, 31 kilometers from Maiduguri.

“In the process, 14 of our daughters who were conveying the corpse of one Sergeant Rahila Antakirya to Askira for burial, were abducted.

“Your Excellency, despite the official notification letters by the Chairman of Askira/Uba Local Government Council to the security agents and the Borno state government, no serious action seemed to have been taken about the plight of our abducted women”, the petition added.

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