Press Release: Bama Attack


Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) National Headquarters' received with shock and

bewilderment the cruel and rattled attacks on innocent people of Bama in

Borno State. However, more devastating and painful was the attack on Shehu

of Bama's Palace, which was reported to have claimed about fourty (40)

lives, including the son of the Shehu of Bama, senior counsellors/aids of

Bama Emirate Council and properties worth over millions of naira destroyed

after setting a substantial part of the palace on fire.

It is quite unfortunate, regrettable and condemnable that, after the

unfortunate Konduga, Izge(Gwoza), Madagali massacres which should have

been the last in such attacks at these times, a more diabolical attack

would be unleashed on innocent citizens of Bama in Borno State, and would

continue unabated for a number of hours. Indeed this is the peak of

barbarism and lawlessness.
Regrettably, while we are in mourning period praying to Allah (SWT)

fervently for consolation and waiting to see the measures that government

will take for us to be overwhelmed, yet another catastrophic attack in

Bama was reported. This sends a very negative impression to the discerning

mind about the state of affairs vis-a-vis security in Nigeria. This act

cannot be seen happening in any developed part of the world.

JNI lament this sorry state of violence and insecurity in the strongest

terms, for the nation seems to be gradually sliding into lawlessness

leading to multiple losses of innocent lives. However, JNI sends its

condolences to the Government and good people of Borno State as well as to

His Royal Highness, the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi,

CON, over the unfortunate recurring attacks in Bama, on his family and the

palace in Bama, Borno State.
JNI reiterates its several calls that rules of engagement should be

professionally employed by the Joint Task Force and other security

agencies in curbing insurgencies in Nigeria so as to reduce collateral

damages recorded in such types of upheavals. The Federal Government must

be seen doing something positive beyond lip assurances.

Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu
Secretary General