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Borno State Govt. Says All Hands on Deck to Forestall Further Occurrence of Fire Outbreaks in IDP Camps

The Government has been investigating the occurrence

The Borno State Government said it has received Situation Reports (SITREPs) from reliable sources regarding suspected cases of fire outbreaks in some IDP camps within the State.

This was made known in a statement issued by Prof Usman Tar,Honourable Commissioner of Information and Internal Security this Sunday.

The statement further reads; “This recent rise in frequency of infernos in IDP camps has been a matter of concern, and all hands are on deck to forestall any further occurrence of fire outbreaks in the State.

“The Government has been investigating the occurrence of the infernos on a case-by-case basis, with a view to establishing the remote and extant causes, and developing a strategy to stem future occurrence.

“On 29 March 2024, the Ministry of Information and Internal Security received a report in which a suspect admitted that he and his “co-conspirators” were “hired” by some NGOs (names withheld) to set IDP camps on fire.

“This matter is under investigation and further necessary action shall only be taken on the basis of the outcome of the investigation. Those arrested are in detention undergoing intensive interrogation, while the NGOs who were pinpointed in the alleged violent practice have been summoned for preliminary interrogation.

“The Government assures members of the public that this matter will receive appropriate and expedited attention, and any culprit will be dealt with according to the law, the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Government has urged members of the public to be calm, peaceful and law-abiding, stating that
any breach of security should be reported to the nearest law enforcement agency or traditional rulers for transmission to the relevant authority.

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Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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