Insurgents Damage Mobile Police Training Camp in Borno
Suspected members of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, Wednesday afternoon overran the Nigerian Mobile Police Force Training Camp (MPFTC) in Borno State, where they torched several buildings and other training facilities before fleeing towards Gwoza town, which they have occupied for the past 15 days.
According to sources in the military, which helped to repel the insurgents, the gunmen came in three Hilux vans laden with explosives and motorcycles, and drove towards the training camp.
“The insurgents were well armed. After firing several gunshots at the camp, they continued to chant God is great in Arabic before setting the training facility ablaze and quickly fled towards Gwoza,” the unauthorized military source said.
“As at the time the insurgents were being repelled, some of the students sustained injuries while fleeing the police camp. We had to be tactful to prevent any civilian casualty, particularly on members of Limankara community that are still in their houses four kilometers from the training facility.”
However, President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated that his administration would combat terrorism despite the increasing insecurity in the country. He assured: “Despite the fact that Nigeria is faced with unprecedented insecurity, our resolve to defeat the evil force of insurgency stands and we will never waiver. When government and citizens work together, no threat can be too much to defeat.”
Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the National Productivity Day celebration and conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award yesterday in Abuja, called on Nigerians to continue to support security agencies in the fight against terrorism in the country.
“I want to appeal to all Nigerians to always support the government and the security agencies in their determined effort to rid the country of these agents of retrogression,” he said.
More so, Sambo asked the sponsors of terrorists in the country to know that they are not doing the country any favour but only sharing in their criminal activities.
Lamenting that though Nigeria has high prospect for greatness, it was not well utilizing this prospect. But “we need to covert our natural resources for the good of the people.”
He stressed the need to develop a higher productivity mindset with a view to developing and institutionalizing a culture that grows all sectors of the economy and enhances the welfare of the society.