Members of Boko Haram terror group have killed an official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), John Lohpon Iliya, in an attack on Garanda village, Gudumbali area of Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State. Iliya was killed during an encounter between Nigerian troops and the insurgents on Wednesday. According to PRNigeria, the terrorists also deployed shoulderlaunched Rocket- Propelled Grenade (RPG) during the attack which destroyed NEMA excavators. When contacted, the NEMA Zonal Coordinator, North-East, Mr. Bashir Garga, confirmed the development and said that they were going to retrieve the body of the deceased.
“The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, has dispatched a team to collaborate with the military to facilitate the return of Iliya’s remains to the family. “The ‘staff’ was actively involved in digging of trenches with NEMA excavators to protect liberated communities. “He was one of our finest rescuers who are involved in various activities in IDPs and liberated towns. We will surely miss him,” Garga was quoted as saying. Iliya is the latest victim of the insurgency which started in 2009, claiming the lives of more than 20,000 people and displacing up to 2.5 million residents of Nigeria’s North-East.
The insurgents have been fighting at many fronts for almost a decade, in a bid to enforce a strict Islamic code in the North. The insurgents, whose activities have also been felt in Chad, Niger and Cameroon, have been hitting civilian targets and other soft spots in the North-East.
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