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Zabarmari killings: Osinbajo says local intelligence needed to deal with B/Haram

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Lafia, Dec.1, 2020

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed sadness over the recent killing of rice farmers in a community in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

Osinbajo, who was on a one-day working visit to Nasarawa State, was answering questions from newsmen shortly after being received by Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Tuesday in Lafia.

No fewer than 43 rice farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents at a rice farm at Zabarmari, near Maiduguri on Nov. 28.

Re-echoing President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo said that the insurgents had acted dastardly by killing innocent people, who had gone to their farms to work.

“I spoke to Gov. Babagana Zulum and the former Governor, Sen. Kashim Shettima, to express my condolences but more importantly, to try and think through ways of dealing with this kind of random attacks.

“It is important to understand also that we will probably need to keep reviewing the conventional means of dealing with some of these issues, these security challenges, especially the randomness.’’

Osinbajo said that the president had pledged to take a serious look at how to deal with the issues, especially the randomness.

“Some insane person goes into a place and shoots people. That is not the sort of thing that you are prepared for conventionally.

“We have to do a lot more local intelligence and some of the community policing efforts we are planning on. So that information is supplied faster, especially at the local level and then a reaction will then be possible.

“It is a major tragedy. It is a very unfortunate thing and our hearts are with the family of those who were killed in such a terrible manner.

“Our hearts are with the family of those who were killed in such a terrible manner.’’

The vice-president said the Federal Government was confident and would continue to do what it needed to do, especially in terms of trying to ensure security in the Northeast and Nigeria at large.

“You have heard the president and what he has to say, especially some of the new ideas around security and the security architecture which we are trying to put in place.

“ We will get there,’’ he said.

 

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