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February 24, 2020
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NBA to Military: Review Security Architecture

The Maiduguri branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); has called on
Federal Government and Military to review their “security
architectures and strategies” to end Boko Haram insurgency.


The decade long insurgency has also claimed many lives and property in
Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.


NBA’s Chairman, Muhammad Umoru, made the call at news conference
Friday in Maiduguri, Borno state, while condemning Auno’s Boko Haram
attack that killed over 30 people, with torching of dozens of houses
and vehicles last Sunday.


According to him, the Auno attack is barbaric, heinous and gruesome
acts against commuters, drivers and residents of village.


“We’re devastated and shocked on how these innocent lives were
brutally and fatally murdered in such a way that; they were burnt down
along with their properties.


“The affected villagers; have already fled to Maiduguri for safety and
shelter, five days after Auno was attacked by insurgents along the
Maiduguri-Damaturu road.”


Umoru noted that the attack could have been averted, if the military
strategy of closing the highway by 5pm; was not implemented.


The closure, according him, had denied people free access to road for
commuting along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway.


He said that this contravenes the provision of chapter (iv) of the
1999 Constitution as amended in section 41, which guarantees freedom
of movement.


“This has always resulted in causing greater hardship that good,” he said.
He therefore called on leadership of military to review its strategy
of shutting off the Maiduguri/Damaturu road in the name of security
cover.


He said military’s road closure strategy, is doing more harm than good
to the people.


While acknowledging the sacrifices of military men pay the supreme
price of defending nation, he urged Federal Government to review its
security architecture.


The review, according to him, will end Boko Haram insurgency not only
in Northeast, but across the nation.

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