By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigerian military has set up a four – man panel to investigate the Easter Sunday attack by Boko Haram fighters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Gen. Nicholas Rogers, head of the operation in the North-east, said the investigation become necessary given the large civilian casualties recorded in the attack.
He disclosed that at least 28 people died and about 80 others were injured as a result of attacks by Boko Haram on two suburbs of Maiduguri.
Rogers said over 10 suicide bombers, accompanied by gunmen, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri but were stopped at the outskirts.
Speaking about the panel headed by an army Brigadier, Mr Rogers said their task was to unravel what went wrong and proffer solutions on how to avert future occurrence.
“The committee has been inaugurated by the Theatre Command to unravel what happened and to ensure that such occurrences do not happen again,” he said .
“We are going to tighten up security and work with the state government to ensure that the various communities assist us with information.”
The Gen. who bemoaned the high casualties recorded in the attack, said it could have been worse had the troops under his command not moved in quickly to stop the attackers from making their way into Maiduguri.
He further revealed that “the chairman of the four-man committee is Brigadier General Henry Wesley, and others are Col. Bassey , Lt. Col Mohammed and the secretary of the committee is Captain Mairuwa.
“This team will visit the location, interact with the state government and the locals in the general area and come up with a report.
“The team has been given three days to complete its assignment so we can forward the report to (the) appropriate security authority for their necessary action,” the general said.