Lawyers call on Federal Government to restrategise on fight against Boko Haram

By Dauda R. Pam, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Maiduguri Branch has called on the Federal Government and the military in particular to review its security architecture with a view to ending the counter insurgency war in the Northeast.
Briefing journalists at the NBA House, Maiduguri Friday, the NBA branch chairman,Barrister Mohammed Umar,said ” we call on the Federal Government to review its security architecture with a view to ending the insurgency in the Northeast and the country at large.
While recognizing the sacrifices of the men who ultimately pay the supreme price in order to defend their father land, said ” the NBA is also calling on.the leadership of the Military to review its strategy of shutting off the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in the name of security cover, because it is doing more harm than good to our people.”

He said that the closure of the road is contrary to the provision of chapter IV of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) particularly section 41 which guarantees freedom of movement.
“This Auno attacked would have been abetted but the fact that the military strategy of closing the road by 5;00 pm, thereby denying access to our people In contravention of the provision of chapter (IV) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 1999 (as amended), particularly section 41 which guarantees freedom of movement has always resulted to causing of greater hardship than good.”
According to the NBA, the road should have been allow from 6:00am to 10 ;00 pm, as obtainable in Yobe state,so that people should not be trapped and expose to danger: because commuters will only leave Damaturu when they know that they will enter Maiduguri before the curfew time or go back to Damaturu, stressing that the military should device a means of separating good citizens from Boko Haram.
While condoling those that lost their lives in the attack,they  prayed that God in His infinite mercy grant their souls a peaceful rest and the families they left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost., saying that ” we are devastated and shocked on how this innocent lives were brutally and fatally murdered in such a way that , they were burned down along with their property.”
The NBA therefore condemned in strong terms, the barbaric, heinous and gruesome act on drivers, commuters and passerby in Auno that led to the lost of lives and burning down of property worth millions of Naira by the dreaded members of Boko Haram.