October 1, 2015

Boko Haram poisons water sources in Borno

Boko Haram poisons water sources in Borno

File: Boko Haram

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to poisoning water sources, including wells and streams, in most of the areas they were dislodged from by troops at Kangallam and other communities along Abadam and Marte Local Government areas of Borno State.

This is coming at a time the Federal Government launched special mobile classrooms with instructional materials for displaced victims of insurgency in various Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in the North-East.

News of the new Boko Haram tactics was disclosed, yesterday, by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Tukur Gusau, in a statement.

It said: “Information reaching the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, indicates that Boko Haram terrorists have now resorted to poisoning water sources like wells and streams in areas they were dislodged from by troops or areas threatened by offensive operations.

“Credible information available to the Theatre Command indicates that though no human life was lost as a result of the barbaric act of the terrorists, some cattle were killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources.”

“The latest being the poisoning of the cattle water ponds in Kangallam village along Marte and Abadam axis in Borno State, where a large number of cattle died after drinking water from the ponds.”

He urged citizens to avoid drinking water from unverified sources, especially in locations that troops routed out Boko Haram terrorists.

… as FG launches mobile classroom

On the mobile classroom for IDPs, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, who launched the containerized mobile classrooms provided by the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, PINE, at Dalori Quarters IDPs camp in Maiduguri yesterday, said: “The facilities would help school age children at the IDPs’ camps to receive quality education before finally returning to their liberated communities.”

Vice President Osinbajo was represented by an aide, Dr. Maryam Masha.

, said insurgency had taken a toll on the socio-economic life of the people, adding that government was obliged to support PINE for the provision of the classrooms.

Chairman of PINE, Professor Adesoji Adelaja, said the containerized classrooms were pilot packages designed with tables, chairs, instructional materials and solar panel to provide electricity.