John Lohpon Iliya, a staff of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has been killed by Suspected Boko Haram insurgents in an attack on Garanda Village, Gudumbali area of Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State.
Iliya was killed during a cross fire between the Nigeria troop and the terrorist on Wednesday.
Naija News confirmed that the suspected Boko Haram Insurgents were also armed with shoulder propelled grenade, which they employed to destroy NEMA Excavators.
Mr Bashir Garga, NEMA Zonal Cordinator North-East, when contacted by newsmen confirmed the development and said that they were going to retrieve the body of the deceased staff.
“The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, has dispatched a team to colloborate 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.
An estimation of 20,000 people have been killed, while a total of 2.5 million residents of Nigeria’s North-east have been displaced.
Mr Iliya is the latest victim of the Islamic insurgency that flared since 2009.
The insurgents have been fighting at many fronts for almost a decade, in a bid to enforce a strict Islamic code in Northern Nigeria.
The insurgents, whose activities have also been felt in Chad, Niger and Cameroon, have been packing punches regularly, hitting civilian targets and other soft spots in Nigeria’s North-east
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