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No mass grave in Baga –Military chiefs
« on: April 27, 2013, 06:03:03 PM »
THE delegation of senior military officers sent by the Defence Headquarters to assess the recent operation in Baga, Borno State, has said that there was no mass grave in the area.

Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade, who is part of the seven-member delegation, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday, in a telephone interview.

Olukolade said normal life and business activities had returned to Baga, following the routing out of Boko Haram terrorists from their base by the Multi-National Task Force.

Olukolade said the team, among other things, found that there was no mass grave in Baga as alleged.
The defence headquarters sent the delegation, led by the Chief of Training and Operations, Major-General Lawrence Ngubane, to assess the Baga operation.

The DHQ said the troops on routine patrol in Baga, Malam Garati Road, had an encounter with some members of Boko Haram at about 7.30 p.m. on April 16.

It said during the encounter, one soldier was killed and five others injured.
It further stated that 30 Boko Haram members died, five were arrested and many escaped with bullet wounds during the operation.

The task force said that unfortunately, six civilians lost their lives and 10 others were injured in the crossfire.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Friday, began distribution of relief materials to victims of the clash between the soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents in the town.

Already, the agency, in conjunction with the Nigeria Red Cross, has set up a camp for the victims at the local government clinic.

NEMA Director of Search and Rescue Operation, Air Commodore Charles Otebegde, who led the delegation of the agency officials from Abuja, said they were in the town on the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan.

On Wednesday, the North East zonal coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, led a team to villages where some victims were taking shelter and convinced them to move to the camp.
Among those presently at the camp is Aisha Sanni Gogobiri, a 30-year-old mother of seven, who said her husband, got missing during the crisis.
She was evacuated with her children to the camp by the NEMA tea.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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No mass grave in Baga –Military chiefs
« on: April 27, 2013, 06:03:03 PM »


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