…Nasarawa Speaker urges fervent prayers to end insecurity***
The death toll of Thursday’s mortar attack in Maiduguri by Boko Haram has now risen from two to six, Borno Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, told newsmen on Friday in Maiduguri.
Aliyu said 27 persons were seriously injured from the four mortar attacks which affected Gwange, Custom, and gidan ayaba areas of the metropolis.
He said the victims included one female at Gwange and five others who were hit by the explosives in separate locations within the city.
He said that following the incidents, the command, in collaboration with other security agencies, deployed 7,000 personnel to secure the metropolis.
“Those deployed are personnel from the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), Special Anti-Robbery Squad men with armored vehicles and sniffer dogs, Civilian Joint Task Force, Hunters and the Rapid Response Squad to secure the outskirts of the city,” he said.
He urged the public to be on high alert and avoid large gatherings, as well as report any suspicious activities around them to security agencies.
He also warned youths in the state to desist from any act capable of disrupting peace.
In the meantime, the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has called for fervent prayers to end the challenges of insecurity and coronavirus in the country.
Abdullahi made the call in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Jibrin Gwamna, on Friday in Keffi.
The speaker, while felicitating the Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid-el Kabir, urged them to extend hands of fellowship to people of other faiths and the less-privileged in the society.
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He called on Nigerians to show love to one another and be patriotic citizens in the interest of development.
Abdullahi described prayers as key to human existence, while calling on Nigerians to continue praying for peace, unity and progress of the country.
He called on faithful to intensify prayers for God’s intervention to end the challenges of insecurity and the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Abdullahi advised citizens to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols to curtail its spread in society.
He also urged Muslims to celebrate peacefully and to remain committed to constituted authorities.
“I appeal to the people of the state to continue to show understanding with government through prayers and support for more democratic dividends,” he said.
The speaker assured of the assembly’s commitment to legislating on things that would be in the interest of the state and the citizens.