3 July 2014

Nigeria: Striking Doctors to Treat Boko Haram Victims

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Hospitals are short-staffed and as doctors strike.

The federal government has promised that striking members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) would continue the treatment of bomb blast victims despite the strike.

The Coordinator of the National Briefing Centre on Terrorism and Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omieri, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, said the leadership of NMA had expressed its desire to treat bomb blast victims during the period of the strike.

This came as the centre released the photograph of a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect. The suspect, Hafusat Bakko, whose picture was released to journalists yesterday in Abuja, allegedly co-ordinates logistics for the sect members. Omeri also said investigation into the Tuesday's explosion in Agbedegbede area of Osun State showed that the incident was neither a bomb blast nor a dynamite, but an explosion caused by carbide. He said the ground where the explosion occurred and buildings within the vicinity were not affected by the explosion.

"There was a report of a non-lethal explosion from an object which was investigated by security agencies at Agbedegbede Street, Ile-ife, Osun State, the outcome of the investigation indicates that the explosion was neither a bomb nor dynamite, but carbide as neither the ground where the explosion occurred nor the building within the vicinity were affected by the explosion just as no human life was lost neither was plantain shrubs near it destroyed, "he said.

The NOA Director General condemned bomb blast in Maiduguri market and commended the prompt response of the security operatives to secure the area in a bid to prevent further attack.

"We roundly condemn Tuesday's acts of terrorism in Maiduguri and to commend the prompt action of our security forces that rapidly secured the area in an effort to prevent further attacks on onlookers, particularly, the fire service that displayed heroism by putting out the fire caused by the explosion, thereby preventing it from spreading into the market.

Furthermore, Nigeria's security forces have continued to make significant progress with active presence on the ground to combat the highly challenging and complex terrorists threats," he added.

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