Government Condemns Killing Of Nigerians in Burkina Faso

By Adoba Echono, Abuja

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The Government has condemned the killings of some Nigerians in Eastern Burkina Faso travelling to Senegal on pilgrimage.

Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this known in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Francisca Omayuli on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the Ministry, “the Nigerian government is deeply saddened by heinous crime against its citizens and is engaging with the government of Burkina Faso to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident.”

It has vowed to bring to book the culprits of the crime.

The said reads; “the Nigerian Government received with grave concern, disturbing reports of the gruesome killing of some Nigerian travellers by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on 1st February 2023 between Kantchari and Fada N’gourma in Eastern Burkina Faso.

“The Nigerians who belonged to the Tijjaniya Sect were said to be travelling to Senegal on a periodic pilgrimage when the tragic incident occurred.

“The Government is deeply dismayed by this unfortunate development and is engaging with the Burkinabe authorities through the Nigerian Mission in Ouagadougou to ensure a thorough investigation of the incident, to bring the culprits to book.

“The Nigerian government condoles with the families of the affected persons and enjoins Nigerians to remain calm while the investigation is ongoing.

“May the souls of the departed rest in peace.”

It was reported that 15 Nigerian pilgrims on their way to Senegal were killed when gunmen in Burkina Faso attacked the buses transporting them on February 1st, 2023.



Mercy Chukwudiebere


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