NIC PRESS BRIEFING 15TH JAN 2015-Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
Today is Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Nigeria and it is set aside to remember the heroic effort of members of the Armed forces especially those who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of our country and mankind. This year’s remembrance clearly brings to the fore the need for continuous support of the military especially in the campaign to end insurgency in some parts of the country. Therefore, we pay tribute to all our soldiers and other members of the security services who have been maimed, wounded or killed in the course of the campaign to defeat Boko Haram.
In another vein, despite the fact that it is nine months since our girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok town, government has not relented and will not relent in deploying all efforts to ensure the rescue of these girls. The government therefore reassures the parents and relations of these girls, and in fact, all Nigerians of its commitments in this regards.
Militants Repelled in Biu – Military Gaining and Holding Territory
Yesterday, 14th January, the Nigerian Army successfully countered an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants near the town of Biu, Borno state. At least 42 insurgents including 15 Chadians were killed during an intense ground battle, which saw the military repel and then advance on militants. As the military gained and held ground against the militants, remaining insurgents retreated. Five militants were captured and have been taken to a secure facility for questioning.
Nigerian officials led by the Department of State Services (DSS) will conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the five militants captured to determine if they were involved in any other atrocities conducted against the Nigerian people. Those found to have conducted any crimes against the state will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in accordance with international standards and best practice.
This operation is another example in a string of recent successes against Boko Haram. Security forces will continue to make remarkable progress against these terrorists. The recent rise in suicide bombings is clear evidence that Boko Haram is running out of options. The government is fully committed to ensuring all militants are rooted out from their hiding places and a safe and secure country for all Nigerians is restored. Suicide Bombing in Gombe
On Tuesday 13th January, militants killed three innocent civilians and injured at least 21 in a suicide bomb attack near a mosque at Kasuwan Mata, Gombe.
Security forces have established a robust presence on the ground to provide a safe and secure environment for the Nigerian Red Cross Society and other humanitarian agencies to provide critical assistance to those injured.
The government denounces this heinous and cowardly act and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. Those responsible for this vile act of terrorism against the people of Nigeria, targeting innocent civilians, including children, will be found and brought to justice.
An investigation is currently underway and the government will provide a further update when information becomes available.
The resolve of the government has never been more firm: we will not relent, not for one day, in our efforts to ensure every corner of Nigeria is safe, providing a secure and prosperous land for all of our people. We will end terrorism in Nigeria.
Update on Effort in Baga Town, Borno State
Together with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), we are now caring for 3200 internally displaced persons from Baga, who are currently accommodated in the Teachers’ Village Camp, a secure facility in Maiduguri. The camp is operated by NEMA in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian Red Cross.
Furthermore, NEMA has dispatched a team from Abuja to further strengthen the provision of humanitarian relief to displaced persons from Baga. We have invited NEMA’s Director General here today to provide you with an update on the current humanitarian activities taking place in the north east of Nigeria.
Once the area is fully secure by the military, a full and proper survey will be conducted. We will provide further updates at that time.