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Reps Want Army Headquarters Relocated To Maiduguri



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Teddy Oscar, Abuja


Worried by the resurgence in killing of civilians by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in North East, the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to urgently relocate the headquarters of Nigerian Army to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.


This was sequel to the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent national importance moved by Hon. Peter Biye Gumtha, who also urged government to liaise with the governments of the Republic of Cameroun, Niger Republic and Chad to discuss how to end the era of insurgency in the region.


The motion also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently provide relief materials and shelter to the victims of these series of attacks.


Gumtha, who led debate on the motion, noted with concern the incessant killing of innocent civilians across villages and communities in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.


Reeling out statistics, the lawmaker said that “in Izge village, nine (9) soldiers were killed, 106 civilians and many more were abducted and taken as hostages when the gunmen attacked the community” and that in Gavva West and Gavva East, 21 people and 150 houses were burnt respectively, while in Zalidva village, Sabongari, 14 people killed and 30 houses were destroyed during the attack.


“In Ngoshe town, 46 people were killed, while 30 houses were razed down, while seven (7) people were killed in Hambaged and about 140 cattle were taken away. Further disturbed that in Chinene village, seven (7) people were killed and also in Krawa town, 20 people were slaughtered and 20 shops razed down.”


He worry that the emir of Gwoza’s house at Jaje village was razed with property and food stuffs worth millions of naira destroyed with several houses of worship. He added that in Ndufa village, six deaths were recorded and 120 cattle taken away while in Pulka town one person was killed and eight people were abducted.


He said in Ngoshe Sama village, 18 people were killed and 80 houses were razed, and 150 cattles taken away while in Ghraza village, three people were killed, 50 houses and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

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