“Boko Haram Takes Over Bama Town In Borno, Plans To Attack Maiduguri” – US
Sept 4, 2014 – “Boko Haram Takes Over Bama Town In Borno, Plans To Capture Maiduguri” – US Says Nigeria Living In Denial
After several hours of an intense battle in Bama town, Boko Haram terrorists have succeeded in taking over the city from the Nigerian army, making it the 3rd city under their control.
The intense fight led to the death of over 180 soldiers & jihadists after a fighter jet accidentally dropped bomb on the terrorists and the Nigerian troops.
US hinted today that Boko Haram is planning to launch coordinated attacks on Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state.
“We are very troubled by the apparent capture of Bama and the prospects for an attack on and in Maiduguri, which would impose a tremendous toll on the civilian population,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.
She spoke at the opening session of US-Nigeria, Bi-National Commission Regional Security Working Group meeting, held in Abuja, Nigerian capital.
Thomas-Greenfield said Nigeria should swallow its pride and do away with denials and acknowledge the threats posed by the deadly sect.
“This is a sober reality check for us all. We are past time for denial and pride,” she said.
She said despite collective efforts by Nigeria and its allies, the situation on the ground is worsening, adding that, ‘hundreds of thousands, if not millions’ of people in the Lake Chad region have been affected.
Thomas said the attacks have gone beyond Nigeria and Cameroun. “The Chibok girls and others remain hostages, enduring horrible and tragic suffering,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
She said the announcement by Abubakar Shekau, the sect ruthless leader, that he is now governing a caliphate in the northeast only adds to the perception that security is ‘steadily worsening’.
Abubakar Shekau operating an equipment in new video
To reverse the trend, she said, the United States is close to announcing the launch of a major border security programme under its Global Security Contingency Fund, which will include Nigeria, Cameroun, Chad and Niger.
She said the American government will continue to provide technical training to soldiers and policemen engaged in the fight against Boko Haram.
“As an important part of this training, we are pleased to provide advanced training to the Nigerian infantry battalion.”