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Published On: Mon, Jun 16th, 2014

Panic in Chibok as gunmen threaten to strike again

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Abducted schoolgirlsBy Mustapha Isah Kwaru, with agency report

 People of Chibok local government area of Borno state have been thrown into panic, following a letter purportedly written to the local government by Boko Haram insurgents informing them of plans to launch fresh attacks on them.

This comes on the heels of a call by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo state chapter, for serious fasting and prayers as a spiritual way of fighting terrorism in the country.

It would be recalled that Boko Haram insurgents abducted over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state on the 14th of April, this year.

More than two months after that incident, 223 of the abductees are still being held by their captors, after 54 of the schoolgirls escaped from the abductors.

According to a top local government official in Chibok town, who does not want to be named, when the officers from the local government met police with the letter, they were assured of maximum protection.

However, the source said the police complained of lack of fuel for their vehicles, explaining that the ban on sale of fuel in the local government due to suspicion that the insurgents may use it to burn houses, made it impossible for the police to buy fuel in the area.

To this end, according to our source, the local government officials assured the security operatives of their readiness to provide fuel and store for use by the police.

Meanwhile, the local government council has pleaded for reinforcement of the security operatives in the area, saying the number of security agents in the area may not be enough to resist the insurgents, if they eventually attack the local government area.

“Whenever Boko Haram tells you that they are coming, they never fail to come. Our fear now is that, we don’t know when and how they are going to come but our people are in great fear. We are calling for prayers, as well as on government to provide adequate security in Chibok”, the source said.

In a related development, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Imo state, Bishop Stanford Nwogu, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri, the state capital, charged Christians to embark on fasting and prayers to fight terrorism spiritually.

“Time has come for every Christian to embark on fasting and prayers.

The battle is a spiritual one which should be tackled spiritually”, Nwogu said, even as he further enjoined Christians all over the country to join in the spiritual battle against attacks by terrorists.

“This spiritual fight should not be left to Imo alone, but should be a collective effort among all Christians”, he said.

In a veiled reference to the discovery of bombs in Winners church at Owerri, the Bishop said the state government should not take the matter for granted, but make sure that those involved in the wicked act were brought to book.

“This issue should not be politicised; everybody, irrespective of their political leanings must join in the efforts to arrest the perpetrators of the evil act”, he said.

It would be recalled that two explosive devices were defused by the Anti-bomb Unit of police in Imo state on Sunday, at the Winners Chapel on Port Harcourt road, Owerri.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Abdulmajid Ali, said the devices were capable of killing people within the range of 50 kilometres.

 

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