From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday said it received with shock and bewilderment the cruel and rattled attacks on innocent people of Bama in Borno State, including attack on Shehu of Bama’s Palace, which was reported to have claimed about 40 lives.
A statement by Secretary General of the group, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu said among the death at the emir’s place was the son of the Shehu of Bama and a senior counsellor/aide of Bama Emirate Council.
JNI added that properties worth over millions of naira was destroyed after setting a substantial part of the palace ablazed.
“ It is quite unfortunate, regrettable and condemnable that, after the unfortunate Konduga, Izge (Gwoza), Madagali massacres which should have been the last in such attacks at these times, a more diabolical attack would be unleashed on innocent citizens of Bama in Borno State, and would continue unabated for a number of hours. Indeed this is the peak of barbarism and lawlessness.
“This act cannot be seen happening in any developed part of the world. JNI lament this sorry state of violence and insecurity in the strongest terms, for the nation seems to be gradually sliding into lawlessness leading to multiple losses of innocent lives.
“ JNI reiterates its several calls that rules of engagement should be professionally employed by the Joint Task Force and other security agencies in curbing insurgencies in Nigeria so as to reduce collateral damages recorded in such types of upheavals,” the statement reads.
The religious group further added that Federal Government must be seen doing something positive beyond lip assurances.