Maiduguri market fire: GOC commiserates with shop owners

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Waidi Shaibu has commiserated with the Borno State Government and indeed the entire good people the State, most especially shop owners and traders who lost their wares and other valuables in the fire incident which razed parts of the Maiduguri Monday Market on Sunday. 

The GOC, according to a statement by the Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division Nigerian Army Lt Col AY Jingina expressed his sadness at the unfortunate incident, especially as it occurred during the ongoing 2023 general election period. 

“Following the unfortunate inferno and resultant  reactions of both traders and residents within the market vicinity, troops of 7 Division have scale up confidence-building patrols, amongst other more discreet activities to ensure miscreants do not take undue advantage of the situation to perpetrate their nefarious acts, especially as the nation is still in election mood.

“Accordingly, troops of 7 Division Garrison and 7 Division Delta Force remained on alert and have sustained  robust show of force around the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, in order to allay fears, build the confidence of the citizenry and to also support emergency services and other responders within the ambit of their code of conduct. 

“Once again, the GOC assures the good people of Maiduguri that the Nigerian Army remains committed to fostering a secure and peaceful environment, for the ongoing 2023 general election in the State. That the Nigerian Army is yet committed to supporting the Nigerian Police  and other relevant security agencies in nipping any untoward security situation in the bud,  in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

“Members of the general public are duly commended for their efforts so far in reporting election-related issues through our dedicated hotlines.  This has greatly enhanced our efficiency on the ground. You are please enjoined  to sustain this effort by giving us accurate and timely information on any breach of  security in your vicinity.”

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