Panic as Troops Avert Suicide Bomb Attack in Northern Borno

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Gamboru Ngala on Tuesday morning successfully averted a suicide attack

by three female Boko Haram terrorists in Gamboru town in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.

The suicide attackers according to a statement by Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Theatre Command, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu attempted the attack at 6:45 a.m. wearing the suicide vests and approaching the troops even after they were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests.

“Two of the suicide bombers strapped with suicide vests had attempted infiltrating Gamboru town at about 6.45 a.m. when they were sighted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and Civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.

“They were halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests, to which they vehemently declined.

“All efforts and entreaties by the patrol team to make the suicide bombers remove their IED vests failed as the duo adamantly approached the troops armed with their IED vests. They were immediately neutralised by the troops, while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) safely unstrapped and detonated the suicide vests,” the statement read in part.

A third female suicide bomber, Nwachukwu said, was also detected and intercepted within the same general area.

He said, subsequently, the suicide bomber confessed to the joint patrol that she and the other two terrorists had been dispatched at about 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday to unleash mayhem on Gamboru town.

“She also revealed the location she had hidden her suicide vest and led the troops to recover it. The recovered vests and the surviving suicide bomber have been taken into custody for further interrogations.”

The army, therefore, calls on the general public to be alert and vigilant, while going about their daily activities and report suspicious persons and activities to security agencies accordingly.

Gunshot Victims: NHRC Commends Buhari On Signing Compulsory Treatment Into Law

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commended President Muhammad Buhari for signing into law, the Bill for Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot saying it is an important legislation that will address the unnecessary discrimination that often results in needless loss of lives in hospitals across the nation.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who made this commendation in Abuja said that the Bill has long been awaited and therefore called on the relevant authorities including hospital management and staff, law enforcement agencies and the general public to ensure that the new law is effectively implemented to guard against further loss of lives as a result of gunshot injuries.

The law prohibits hospital authorities or staff from demanding initial deposit of money before treatment, from any person that brings gunshot victims to hospital or any form of discrimination/ill-treatment including the demand for police report.

In the same vein, she commended the President for signing into law, the Anti-Torture Act, 2017 which makes comprehensive provisions for penalizing the acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and prescribes penalties for the commission of such acts.

Mrs. Ovrawah also used the opportunity to thank the initiators of the Bills and the National Assembly for their input and pledged the readiness of the Commission to liaise with the relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the citizens are adequately sensitized on the provisions of these laws to enable them enjoy their full benefits.

The Acting Head of the Commission further used this medium to call on the federal government to further strengthen the capacity of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) so that it could properly take care of every citizen saying that the constitutionally guaranteed right to life cannot be realized without the provision of affordable and accessible healthcare.

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