Women Protesting in the streets of Maiduguri
By Michael Olugbode
Some women Friday took to the streets in parts of Maiduguri, Borno State to ask for a halt to the mayhem visited on the town by the extremist Boko Haram sect.
The women under the aegis of concerned mothers of Borno said something should be urgently done to stop the wanton killings and destruction of public properties in the state.
The women comprising both Muslims and Christians widows and other concerned women lamented that many lives have been lost while property worth millions of Naira have been destroyed in the town as a result of the Boko Haram crises.
The women who spoke to journalists amidst tears appealed to members of the Boko Haram to sheathe their swords and embraced peace.
They also condemned the recent burning of schools, which they said as left many children roaming about the streets.
Hajia Hawau Biu one of the conveners of the meeting, who is also a widow, appealed to the state government to provide jobs opportunities for the teeming youths.
Also speaking a human right activist, Barrister Aisha Alkali Wakil called on members of Boko Haram, which she addresses as their sons to come out and dialogue with the government.
Also Friday, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) made another breakthrough as it was able to arrest three suspected Boko Haram members and recovered several explosives and dangerous weapons in Maiduguri.
The JTF told journalists that its personnel recorded another 'landmark' victory in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency "as three members of the sect were apprehended while several arms, ammunition and materials for making improvised explosive devices, (IEDs) were also recovered."