President Buhari Blames Covid-19 Lockdown on Recent Borno Boko Haram attack, and Katsina Bandits Attacks

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President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the renewed killings by Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits in Borno and Katsina State to COVID-19 lockdown imposed recently in the country.

Buhari said this during a nationwide broadcast address on the occasion of the 2020 Democracy Day.

He said: “All the local governments that were taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have long been recovered and are now occupied by indigenes of these areas who were hitherto forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes.”

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“I regret recent sporadic incidents with tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.

“I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets so that the security agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to all the relatives and communities affected.’’

He also revealed that the government had expanded the National Command and Control Centre to 19 states of the federation, resuscitated the National Public Security Communication System and commenced the implementation of the Community Policing Strategy.

“Government has similarly established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund as a public-private sector vehicle for alternative sources of funding security activities.

“To reduce security challenges through our external borders, especially smuggling of oil products out of the country, inflow of small arms and drugs into the country and equally protect our local manufacturers, we introduced operation “Ex-Swift Response,” he said.

He added that the closure of borders from Aug. 20,  2019, had ” considerably succeeded in meeting its objectives as well as improving our national revenue.”

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