Boko Haram kills 55 scrap collectors – Police

At least 55 scrap collectors have been killed in a series of coordinated attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the last three weeks in Borno. Police Commissioner in the state, Abdu Umar, made this known while speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of security stakeholders in Maiduguri on Saturday. Stakeholders included the Police, the Army, the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC), and the Department of State Security (DSS), among others. The meeting was to deliberate and offer a solution to the relentless attacks on scrap collectors in the state. Umar said that insurgents killed 32 scavengers in Modu village in Kala-Balge local government area, while another 23 were killed in Mukdala village of Dikwa LGA, respectively. He said that the victims infiltrated the forests, located about 25 kilometers from the towns, without informing the security agencies for the collection of scrap metal. He said Governor Babagana Zulum ordered security agencies to take proactive measures to stop the killings and prevent future incidents. “The state government is working to come up with a policy plan to checkmate these activities. “This is because the government has had bad experiences where infrastructure and individual vehicles, especially in liberated communities, are being vandalized by scrap collectors. “And it is surprising that the unions said that none of the victims in Kala Balge and Dikwa were their members. “The government is really concerned about the well-being and safety of all citizens, and has set up a committee to monitor these activities in order to come up with ways to prevent future incidents,” he said. ALSO READ: Police arrest man for allegedly giving false alarm of Boko Haram invasion Also commenting, Umar Usman, chairman of the Scrap Metal Association in the state, said the victims of the Kala-Balge and Dikwa attacks were not registered members of the association. It alleged that the victims were Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the affected communities. According to him, the association is monitoring the activities of more than 3,000 registered scrap collectors in 27 LGAs in the state. The president further refuted alleged vandalism of critical infrastructure by its members, adding that the association contacted security agencies and community leaders before engaging in scrap metal transactions. (YAYA) SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Boko Haram kills 55 scrap collectors – Police