TERRORISTS KILL POLIO IMMUNISATION WORKERS IN NIGERIA..8 WOMEN, MAN SHOT IN TWIN ATTACKS ON POLIO CLINICS

A Nigerian soldier checks motorcyclists to stave off ride-by attacks by urban terrorists

A Nigerian soldier checks motorcyclists to stave off ride-by attacks by urban terrorists

by Aminu Abubakar
KANO, Nigeria (AFP)
8/2/2013

Gunmen killed at least nine people at two Nigerian polio clinics on Friday, with one of the wounded health workers
describing a horrifying attack that saw
them trapped by fire. The attacks in the northern city of Kano came after a local cleric denounced polio vaccination campaigns this week and some local radio programmes repeated conspiracy theories about the campaigns being a Western plot to harm Muslims.

Such conspiracy theories have long spread in parts of Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, stoked by local politicians. Nigeria is one of only three countries still considered to have endemic polio, alongside Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Nine people were killed in two separate attacks by gunmen on (motorised) tricycles when they attacked two dispensaries where polio immunisation workers were preparing to go out for polio campaigns,” police spokesman Magaji Majia told AFP. Police declined to say who they believed was behind the killings.

Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has carried out attacks in Kano, though gangs linked to local politics also operate. “Six people on a tricycle pulled up outside the dispensary at 9:45 am while polio immunisation workers were gathering for the day’s house-to-house polio campaign,” a resident near the second attack said. “Two of the men were holding guns. They stormed into the dispensary and began shooting.”

A victim in the first attack who was shot
in the back said from her hospital bed
that two gunmen stormed into the
consultation room at the clinic where she and five other immunisation workers were seated and opened fire, killing two people. They then set fire to a curtain in the consultation room, fled and shut the door behind them. “We summoned courage and broke the door because we realised they wanted to burn us alive,” said the woman.

Speaking haltingly at Aminu Kano
Teaching Hospital, she declined to give
her name or age, though she looked to be in her 30s. Three other wounded victims from the same attack had also been taken to the hospital, including one who was in emergency surgery. Those killed in the first attack included a
man and a woman, while the seven killed in the other attack were all women, according to residents.

Last year, two Nigerian police guarding
polio vaccination workers were killed by
gunmen, though it was unclear if the
attack was linked to the campaign.Islamist extremists have carried out
scores of attacks on police. In 2003, Kano’s state government suspended polio immunisations for 13 months, with the then governor saying claims on its harmful effects had to be looked into.

The suspension followed allegations by
some Muslim clerics that the vaccine was laced with substances that could render girls infertile as part of a US-led Western plot to depopulate Africa.Despite the resumption of polio
immunisations, Kano has continued to
record polio cases as many parents still
reject the vaccine.

Deadly attacks linked to polio vaccination campaigns have also occurred in Pakistan. On January 31, a bomb killed two polio vaccination workers in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, the latest in a series of such attacks in the country which have killed 19 people in two months.

Polio once crippled and killed children
worldwide until a concerted eradication
campaign was started in 1988.According to the World Health Organisation, Nigeria accounted for 121 of the world’s 222 polio cases in 2012. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his foundation have led a high-profile effort to completely eradicate polio, including in
Nigeria.

While pockets of resistance have
remained, public outreach efforts have
seen success in many areas of Nigeria in
convincing families of the need for polio
vaccines.

About these ads

About beegeagle

BEEG EAGLE -perspectives of an opinionated Nigerian male with a keen interest in Geopolitics, Defence and Strategic Studies
This entry was posted in ARMED CONFLICT, BOKO HARAM ISLAMIC STATE MOVEMENT, COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS, GLOBAL DEFENCE NEWS, JOINT SECURITY TASK FORCE, MILITARY PHOTOS, NIGERIA, NIGERIA POLICE FORCE, NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES, NIGERIAN MILITARY HISTORY, NIGERIAN PARAMILITARY FORCES, NIGERIAN SPECIAL FORCES, RISK ANALYSIS, SECURITY ISSUES AND CONCERNS, STATE SECURITY SERVICE, TERRORISM, WEST AFRICAN STANDBY FORCE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to TERRORISTS KILL POLIO IMMUNISATION WORKERS IN NIGERIA..8 WOMEN, MAN SHOT IN TWIN ATTACKS ON POLIO CLINICS

  1. peccavi says:

    Remind us again how they are fighting for the poor and huddled masses?

  2. beegeagle says:

    These guys can shoot eight WOMEN doing God’s work just because

    – they need to strike fear
    – copy the Taliban
    – show that they are still around ??

    Is this not as terrible as shooting at the Red Cross in a war zone? These outrages amounted to war crimes.

  3. tim says:

    Oh God, please put me in front of shekau,one on one, hand to hand….and let’s fight to the death!!……. Some months after I finished secondary school, I worked as a polio immunisation offical, going about dropping 3 drops into young children’s mouth, I never needed the money, but I was happy then,doing something great for my country, I can imagine me going about then, helping kids to have a bright future and some insame jihadist, comes to shoot me……… Shekau must be gotten, how can one man hide from Nigeria,with all the resources we have at hand,this is not Osama……unless some country next to ours is helping that barger and clown out, why don’t we have him yet?…….

  4. jimmy says:

    Nigeria has to make capturing SHEKAU a number priority the number two priority is capturing the #2 in command of boko haram till then these senseless attacks will continue.

  5. Henry says:

    Stupid terrorists always dragging the nation back. 3 countries where polio is still prevalent, are sadly battling insurgencies (nigeria, pakistan and afghanistan). You wonder how silly these terrorist are, polio is dead/ eradicated in the south of nigeria, but walk through the streets, scores of our northern brethren sleeping and begging for alms, polio has rendered these people handicapped, and a strain to the state, abandoned by both family and state.

    Yet these morons go about killing health workers, battling to eradicate polio from their homes.

  6. peccavi says:

    Forget Shekau, if such a person genuinely exists he is just a cypher.
    I struggle with this madness, how is eliminating polio haram?
    I seriously wonder

  7. Bigbrovar says:

    One should put this incident in contest.. Why such acts should never be condoned.. One has to address a deeper issue of skepticism of vaccination in northern Nigeria.. Then this happened http://en.m.wikipedia.org/Abdullahi_v._Pfizer, and skepticism became aversion. One should also spare a word of criticism to those who have abuse the trust people had in vaccination.. It is this deep mistrust which terrorist in Northern Nigeria and Pakistan have capitalized on to carry out their acts.. RIP to the victims of such callous acts

    • peccavi says:

      Chickens coming home to roost. The same people who claim Boko Haram is a Western/ Christian/ Southern plot as if the entire history of pogroms against southerners and Christians in the North is a fiction are the same ones who were happy to perpetrate the fallacy that polio vaccination is a Western plot to neuter Muslims. The advantages of keeping people ignorant so as to control them is naturally self limiting and we have reached the natural limit. There is nothing now that the Boko Haram sponsors and their ilk are doing or going to do that is not more harmful to the North or Northern political interests

  8. Saints says:

    Its just painful.the health workers came to my house the other day.and i handed over to them my little cousin.they dropped the solution into the beautiful girls mouth and they were out..my little cousin still keep asking me to invite them over again.(twas such a beautiful experience,i was so happy we had a government that would connect with the people through such noble projects)my grand mum who came over to my place for med check.was filled with praise for this young people who have insisted on building a healthy future for the nigerian children..those women could have been anywere,they could have undertaken another job.but they choose to do something noble.and they lost their life,because the noble act of securing a child future is against the BH ideology

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s