Nigerian official’s home burnt

Suspected Boko Haram burns new army chief’s home in northeastern Nigerian village

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The family home of the Nigerian new army chief and other homes were burned down on Tuesday in a village in the northeast of the country, eyewitnesses and police sources said.

Boko Haram militants are suspected of burning the homes where at least two people were killed and eight injured, resident Adamu Talba said. A military source affirmed the incident but the Chief of Army Staff was not present at the time of attack, according to Reuters.

After being elected in May, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari replaced Nigeria’s defence chiefs and dissolved the board of the state oil company, but he said he will not appoint a cabinet till September.

Nigeria - alongside military coalition partners of Niger, Chad and Cameroon - has claimed successes in fighting Boko Haram since February, forcing the group’s fighters out of the territory it used to control.   

Buhari met with US President Barack Obama on Monday, who endorsed the president’s struggle against the militant group and also his efforts to exterminate corruption in Nigeria.

Obama praised Buhari for his efforts to bring "safety, security and peace" to Nigeria despite economic difficulties and violence from Boko Haram.

The two leaders met in the White House in Buhari’s first visit after being elected last May, where they discussed the importance of good relations between their countries and ways they could work together against the militant group.

More than 13,000 people killed by Boko Haram’s six-year uprising and over one million people are displaced internally.

According to the BBC, Buhari said the World Bank had pledged $2.1 billion to help rebuilt northeastern parts of Nigeria where the offensive of Boko Haram destroyed the city since 2009.

TRTWorld and agencies