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Baga Carnage: Senate visits

The Nigerian Senate in furtherance of its resolution on the Baga killings has visited Baga on Thursday May 9, 2013 to have on the spot assessment of the incident. Following a motion on the floor of the Senate by Senator Ma’aji Maina Lawan who alleged that over 4,000 houses were destroyed and about 228 persons mostly civilians were killed by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) during a deadly clash with suspected dreaded Boko Haram. Insurgents in the area and urged the Senate to investigate the matter as a matter of urgent National importance among other reliefs.

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) comprises of Soldiers from Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun charged with containing insurgency in the border areas between these countries.

Leading the joint senate committees on Defence, Army, Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence and Army, Senator George Thompson Sekibo told the Bornu State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shetima at the Bornu State Government House that the senate was purely on a fact findings mission to unravel the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident with a view to forestalling future occurrence, though the investigation is still on prior to visit, the military authorities had explained that the MJTF had to attack the insurgents because Baga had become a safe haven for them as they frequently attacked and killed soldiers and escape into the community who shielded them.

They also explained that the alleged arson was a result of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Rocket propelled Grenade, General purpose Machine guns and rifles used by the insurgents into a conflagration that destroyed the buildings in the community.