BY EVELYN DADU, ABUJA – A staff of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), John Lohpon Iliya was on Wednesday killed by members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists that attacked Garanda Village, Gudumbali area of Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State
Late Iliya was killed during an encounter between troops of the Nigerian Army and the insurgents during which it was gathered that the terrorists deployed shoulder-launched Rocket-propelled Grenade (RPG) in the attacks which destroyed NEMA’s Excavator.
NEMA’s Zonal Cordinator in the North-East, Mr Bashir Garga confirmed the development, saying that the agency is going to retrieve the body of the deceased staff.
Garga said; “The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, has dispatched a team to collaborate with the military to facilitate the return of Iliya’s remains to the family.
“The staff was actively involved in digging of trenches with NEMA excavators to protect liberated communities.
“He was one of our finest rescuers who are involved in various activities in IDPS and liberated towns. We will surely miss him,” Garga said
The late Iliya is the latest victim of the Boko Haram terrorists group that flared since 2009, killing more than 20,000 people and displacing up to 2.5 million residents of Nigeria’s North-east.
The insurgents, whose activities are also been experienced in Chad, Niger and Cameroon, have been hitting civilian targets and other soft spots in Nigeria’s North-east.