7 December 2012

Nigeria: NEMA - 27 Schools Damaged in Borno, Yobe

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Thursday disclosed that 27 schools were damaged in both Yobe and Borno States in the recent Boko Haram attacks.

Also, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), believed to have been hurled at a moving police patrol van by suspected Boko Haram members yesterday morning, left three policemen injured, while eight suspects were arrested on the spot.

The attack also came on a day security agencies placed the 774 local government areas across the country on the alert, following renewed bombings of public institutions by the Boko Haram sect.

But, NEMA's North-east Information Officer, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, told journalists in Maiduguri, that the schools damaged include 17 secondary schools and 10 Islamic schools.

Ibrahim was on assessment tour to ascertain the level of destruction on the schools and what relief materials that would be sent to them next week.

He said among the materials to be delivered to the 27 schools include cement, zinc, planks and nails to assist in the rebuilding of the destroyed buildings.

Ibrahim also disclosed that the agency have been able to come to the aid of people affected by the recent flooding in Hawul, Gwoza and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno State.

He said already in the zone, relief materials had also been dispatched to the affected areas of Yobe and Gombe States.

Similarly, the suspected Boko Haram members, who were in a Golf taxi car, allegedly threw the explosive at the vehicle conveying the policemen, who were in front.

Although, the device exploded near the patrol vehicle, the injured three policemen were, however, taken to a nearby hospital, where they were later discharged after receiving treatment.

Confirming the attack, state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, explained that: "On Thursday, December 6, 2012, at about 0730hrs when a Police Patrol team was heading to their duty post on Ring Road."

According to him, "When a taxi, a brand of Golf was trailing them behind and the occupants suddenly threw an explosive device in the Police Vehicle, and the Policemen promptly disembarked from their vehicle, cordoned off the area and arrested the eight occupants and investigations commence."

He stated that the incident resulted injuring three policemen who sustained was discharged after taken to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Saki West Local Government Area in Oyo State, Mr. Dapo Popoola, while speaking with journalists, said council chairmen were now conscious of strange movements and placing of unwanted objects around councils and their officials.

According to him, "about a week ago, there was a threat of Boko Haram attempt to bomb 774 councils nationwide hence the move to beef up security in and around the council secretariat areas

Popoola, who spoke against the backdrop of the political unrest in his council last Monday, clarified that the recent development and the prompt intervention of the police and other security agencies was part of the security alert to ensure that the local council did not fall into the hands of disgruntled elements who want to foment trouble.

The council chief who expressed surprise at the political intonation of the arrest and consequent docking of five people on Wednesday said that those arrested exceeded their boundaries.

He said Saki people are peace-loving and politically sophisticated individuals to be dragged into causing disturbance of the peace of the land, adding that Sakiland was a religious land with God-fearing people.

The prompt intervention of security agents that swung into action nipped the matter in the bud which then led to the arrest of five suspected kingpins of the crisis who were already making bonfires on the council gate and its suburb.

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