Soldiers, many others killed, churches burnt in Adamawa attack — Senator


The representative of Adamawa Central Senatorial District, Senator Aishatu Dahiru, has narrated how Boko Haram Terrorists invaded Garkida town, killing scores of residents as well as destroying properties worth million of naira, including churches.
Senator Dahiru stated this on Tuesday during the Senate plenary.
Coming under point of order on the Senate floor, she informed her colleagues that three soldiers were also killed during the invasion, which started around 7pm on February 21, 2020.
The motion reads: “That on the 21st February, 2020, an insurgent group attacked the good people of Garkida, a peaceful town in Gombi LGA of Adamawa Central Senatorial District.
“The insurgents in over 7 Gun Trucks and many motorcycles attacked the town at about 7pm setting many buildings ablaze.
“Also aware that three soldiers were killed in the dastardly attack. Property worth millions of Naira were burnt or destroyed including: public hospital, schools, Telecommunication facilities, Police station, buses, cars, food stores, private property belonging to the good people of Garkida.
“Worried that the Garkida crises which has led to the destruction of lives and property was planned by the insurgents to have a religious connotation considering that churches and residences of some prominent indigenes were burnt, an act aimed at destroying the foundation of peaceful co-existence among Garkida community and Adamawa state as a whole.
“Further note that, as a result of this, the urgent need to take more drastic actions in the face of such affronts  on the national security architecture, the region and indeed the entire nation is long overdue.
“Concerned that in view of the enormity of the situation, the Federal Government needs to put more innovative measures in place to frontally confront these challenges.”
The Senate consequently resolved that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, should re-establish a military base in Garkida and also all major settlements bordering the Sambisa forest immediately.
He called on the North East Development Commission to immediately embark on the rehabilitation of public and religious institutions destroyed and provide assistance to other individuals affected.
The Senate urged the National Emergency Management Agency to urgently assess the extent of damage and provide relief materials immediately to the affected community.
In his remarks after the adoption of the prayers, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the Senate discussed and debated so much on the problem of insecurity in the country and set up an Ad-Hoc Committee under the leadership of the Senate Leader.
Lawan said: “The Committee is working very hard with possibility of presenting its report next week.
“We are not going to rest on our oars until we are able to provide solutions to the problems.”