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Acting
President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the military and all security
agencies to intensify counter-terror efforts in Borno State in order to
have a strong control and secure lives and property. 
 
The
acting president gave the directive in lieu of the recent ambush,
attack and abduction of soldiers and civilians working in the Lake Chad
Basin Frontier Exploration.
 
His
spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement Sunday, said Osinbajo
particularly directed the military to continue their search and rescue
missions to locate and free all the remaining abducted persons as soon
as possible, “using all available and expedient means in the
circumstances.”
 
Akande
noted that his principal handed down “these fresh directives” at an
emergency meeting he held with service chiefs at the Aso Aso Rock
Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.
 
He
stated: “The objective of this patriotic exercise is to open up new
areas for oil exploration for the common good of all Nigerians. The
terrorist attack resulted in a number of deaths of hardworking and
innocent Nigerians, and the abduction of some. 
 
“Prof.
Osinbajo commiserates with the families, relatives and associates of
those who lost their lives in the despicable onslaught and wishes the
injured speedy recovery.”
 
The
acting president was quoted as assuring that “justice would be pursued
for the victims and against those who engage in this kind of
unacceptable, criminal and terrorist conduct.”
 
He
was said to have assured that despite the resurgence of terrorist
attacks in Borno, “the Federal Government is not only on top of the
situation, but will define the end of these atrocities both winning
the war and winning the peace in the north-east.”
 
The
acting president saluted the resilience, gallantry and sacrifices of
officers and men of the Armed Forces for the peace, security and
territorial integrity of the country.
 
He
eulogised the soldiers who had paid the ultimate price in this mission
and others linked to the current insurgency, assuring that the welfare
of the families of the soldiers would be prioritised. 
 
He
lauded the diligence of the management and staff of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation as well as the lecturers/consultants from
the University of Maiduguri in pursuing the nation’s resolve to grow
its crude oil reserve base through potential exploration in the Lake
Chad Basin.
 
The acting president stressed that the Federal Government would no means be dissuaded.
 
“Some
of these extraordinarily selfless Nigerians from the NNPC and the
University Of Maiduguri put their lives on the line that we and
generations to come will enjoy the resources of this land.  We will
never forget that sacrifice”, he said.
Source: L.Ikeji

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