President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, September 26, criticised the attack on the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State saying it is sabotage against the long-planned return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
This was contained in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja on Saturday.
Buhari affirmed that the ambush led to the death of security men as well as some operatives of Civilian-JTF.
The statement revealed that the President described the attack, on the Maiduguri-Baga route; as “an orchestrated sabotage against long-planned return of displaced persons to their local communities.”
Buhari noted, with deep sympathy, the loss of lives of security men on the convoy; ahead of the return of IDPs, commiserating with their families and loved ones.
The President advised the government of Borno State, working with security and also intelligence agencies; to remain firm in their determination to restore normalcy to all communities liberated from Boko Haram terrorists.
He urged security and intelligence agencies to intensify efforts to check sabotage; sanitize the roads venues; and locations well in advance of returning IDPs; while working closely with local communities.
Also, Buhari commended the gallantry of service personnel who repelled the deadly ambush; as well the sincere determination of Governor Zulum, who has been working with armed forces to end the menace of terrorists; rebuild homes and return IDPs to regular life.
He prayed that God will grant the souls of the departed security men and operatives of Civilian-JTF eternal rest, and comfort their families.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday, September 26, stated that violators of COVID-19 protocols on burial would be made to pay a N100 million fine.
This stance by Wike was contained in a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike.
Wike also said the decision to impose the fine for breach of the COVID-19 protocols; was taken at the state’s executive council meeting held in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He also added that chairmen of local government councils across the state had been directed to ensure full compliance with the protocols in their various domains.
The statement reads: “Public burials in the state remained as outlined by the government gazette; stipulating that no more than 50 persons should be allowed for burials in Rivers State.
“We also agreed that local government chairmen should also assist the burial committees to ensure that this planned directive of the Rivers State Executive Council is carried to the letter. Every defaulter to these regulations would be made to pay a fine of N100m.”