Nigeria: Soldiers Attack Borno COVID-19 Committee, Kill One In Borno

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Some soldiers have reportedly attacked members of the Borno State COVID-19 committee on Saturday. One of the team members is said to have died in the attack while others sustained injuries.

TheCable reports that clash started after the team enforcing the inter-state travel ban had stopped vehicles conveying the soldiers and some civilians at Auno. The soldiers were said to have refused being stopped and rammed into a Rapid Response Squad vehicle used to barricade the area, injuring its occupants.

Kakashehu Lawal, Commissioner for Justice, and Salisu Kawaya-Bura his health counterpart, who are members of the committee, said the soldiers pointed guns at them even after they introduced themselves.

Lawal alleged that the soldiers forced their way into Borno from a neighbouring state. He said the soldiers in three Hilux gun trucks, who claimed they were on a mission to repel Boko Haram attack on Gubio.

He said the mission and vision of the Buhari led administration and also the Chief of Army Staff is to save the lives and property of the people, they cannot just allow a chunk of military men to cause any form of harassment when people are there on their official responsibility.

Kawara-Bura also said that the soldiers allowed travellers who were not screened to enter the state.

Highlighting the danger posed by this, he said the state has recorded more than 400 coronavirus cases from travellers who came in illegally.

He added that Yesterday alone, more than 40 persons who travelled into the state were COVID-19 positive.

Usman Kadafur, the deputy governor who is also chairman of the COVID-19 committee, described the incident as unfortunate.

Sunday Igbinomwanhia, Garrison Commander, 7 Division, apologised to the COVID-19 team over the incident and promised that the issue would be investigated.

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