Nigeria: ECOWAS condemns sporadic attacks by Boko Haram

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has expressed 'grave concern' at the persistent attacks by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, in North-east Nigeria, following last week attack in Baga, Borno state, that some reports said left as many as 2,000 people dead.

However, the Nigerian military has contested the figure, saying only 150 civilians and 14 soldiers were killed in the attack.

A statement by the ECOWAS Commission said the President of the Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouégraogo, is particularly saddened by the recent attack and destruction carried out by the sect in Baga town.

''While strongly condemning these despicable acts and wanton disregard for human life and property, the President, on behalf of the ECOWAS Community, extends solidarity and heartfelt sympathy to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and sincere condolences to the bereaved families,'' the statement said.

ECOWAS reiterated its commitment to work with the Nigerian government, member states and all stakeholders to halt the incessant attacks that continue to pose great threats to the peace, security and stability of the region, and welcomes efforts by the African Union, the Lake Chad Basin Commission and others in this regard.

PANA reports that the five-year insurgency has claimed over 13,000 lives and virtually paralyzed the three worst-hit states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
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13 january 2015 15:36:09

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