According to preliminary estimates, 58 people were killed and 78 others injured after suicide bombers suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect detonated explosives at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Dikwa, Borno State.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday, February 10, disclosed that the incidents occurred when the IDPs queued up to collect their morning food ration in a camp that currently accommodates over 50, 000 people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The recent massacre came following President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army’s repeated claim that the ferocious death cult had been significantly degraded to such a level that it could no longer carry out coordinated attacks.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government on Wednesday issued a statement condoling with families of victims of the Dikwa attack.
The statement read: “On behalf of the federal government of Nigeria, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, expresses his profound condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s suicide bombing of an IDP camp in Dikwa, Borno State, and also the entire people and government of the state.”
“His prayers are that the Almighty God will comfort them and grant the injured persons quick recovery.
“The Vice President stated that it is indeed regrettable that the heartless terrorists chose to unleash their wickedness on people who were taking refuge from previous acts of destruction in their homes.
“He reassured the nation that the full weight of the federal government’s force will be deployed to hunt down the perpetrators of this evil act and also to confront terrorists continuously in the protection of life, liberty and property of all Nigerians: there will be no hiding place for terrorists.
“Prof. Osinbajo has given directives that formidable security in and around the IDP Camps in the country be beefed up and renewed measures put in place to guard against future occurrences.
“Finally, the Vice President called on the people of Borno State and all Nigerians that the commitment of the federal government to safety of lives and property continues to be of paramount concern to the Buhari administration.”