15 September 2010

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Yuguda Orders House-to-House Search

Bauchi — Following last week's attack on Bauchi Prison by members of Boko Haram which claimed the lives of some people and setting free some inmates, the Bauchi State Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, has directed security agencies in the state to commence a house-to-house manhunt of all suspected Boko Haram members.

Yuguda, who gave the directive in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi, said the exercise would continue until all suspected members of the Boko Haram sect are fished out and arrested.

He said members of the Boko Haram sect who killed and maimed innocent citizens without any moral justification for doing so, will be punished for their sinful acts and that this time around, they will not escape.

According to him, "We are embarking on this exercise because the members of this sect must be brought to justice. We cannot fold our arms and allow these people continue to disrupt the peace of the state. We want issues regarding to crisis to cease in this state and if they say we will know no peace, they too will not experience peace".

The Governor also gave the assurance that the recent unfortunate invasion of Bauchi Prison by the sect members would never repeat itself in the state, adding that the recent episode took everybody unawares.

He appealed to the Federal Government to assist the state in its determination to flush out all suspected Boko Haram members residing in and outside the state, stressing that it is the responsibility of the government to provide security of lives and property

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