Wednesday 16 May 2012

Boko Haram kills 308 in 118 attacks on six Northern states, says minister

IN 118 attacks, members of the Boko Haram sect killed 308 residents in six northern states, Police Affairs Minister Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd), said yesterday. 

Olubolade spoke in Abuja when he appraised the activities of his ministry in the past one year.
The minister, who listed the affected states as Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe and Plateau, said 33 suspected sect members were arrested.

Olubolade praised Nigerians for showign concern on personal safety and security.
He said the government has taken steps to ensure peace and stability in the country. 
Mallam Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram spiritual Leader
Assuring that the police have been sharpening their skills, training and acquiring tools to combat the new security challenges, the minister noted that criminal gangs have taken advantage of technology to perpetuate evil acts.

He said: “It is important to note that achievements of the police in stemming crimes and terrorism are not so publicised. But I can assure that the police are making progress.
“The police reform programme was put in place by the Federal Government to improve capacity building, training, welfare and community policing.” 

Olubolade attributed the lapses in the performance of the police to faulty policies, saying such policies were being reviewed to ensure optimal performance. 
Information Minister Labaran Maku said the police were responding more effectively to criminal activities.

He noted that such activities have become the pastime of some elements in the society.
Maku called for a change of attitude among Nigerians toward the police  to appreciate their good work. 

Source: The Nation News


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