- A centre has condemned the rising attacks and killings by insurgents in Borno state
- Reacting to the attack on residents of Auno community in the state, the group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Borno
- According to the group, Governor Babagana Zulum should step down to allow for full presidential powers to restore peace and security in the state
The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Borno state.
The call by the centre is on the heels of growing killings in the state with the recent one in Auno community in the state.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 12, at a press conference in Abuja, CALSER's convener, Princess Ajibola, condemned the renewed spate of insurgents attacks in Borno.
Ajibola said the group wonders why Borno is overly targeted for renewed insurgent attacks despite the concentration of troops in almost all the communities in the state.
The centre also called for a total declaration of a state of emergency in Borno state in order for the relevant authorities to get to the root cause of the renewed terrorist activities.
Also alleging culpability of the governor of the state and his successor in the rising attacks and killings, Ajibola urged Governor Babagana Zulum step down to allow for full presidential powers to restore peace and security in the state.
She said: "The urgency of now requires that urgent and proactive measures are put in place or enacted by those vested with such responsibilities in the overall interest of the country."
"The leadership of the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights wishes to condemn in its entirety the renewed spate of insurgents attacks in Borno state, with the latest which recently happened in Auno community where some unscrupulous elements elected to set vehicles, building and human beings on fire for no justifiable reason," Ajibola said.
Ajibola said this is necessary for the relevant authorities to get to the root cause of the renewed terrorist activities in the state.
She added: "The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights wishes to state that if indeed the federal government is desirous of finding lasting peace in the northeast region, the example must be set from Borno State by declaring a state of emergency."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Kaka Bolori, on Tuesday, February 11, reacted to the killing of many and destruction of property worth millions by members of Boko Haram terrorists in Auno community.
Bolori said the community leadership military authorities to compensate families of those killed by Boko Haram terrorists at Auno village in Borno state on the night of Sunday, February 9.
Lamenting the gravity of the killings and attack, Bolori said there was no justification for the military to block the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, deny commuters passage and leave them vulnerable to attack at night without any help from anywhere.
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