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Gov Zulum Saddened by The Death of 11 Backup Security As He Enters Baga, But Salutes Their Sacrifice

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum is saddened by the killing of 11 security personnel made up of eight policemen and three civilian JTF members ambushed on their way to Baga as security backup in reconstruction efforts.

The governor was in Baga from Thursday to Friday in part to supervise efforts to return residents as part of strategies that aim to cut Boko Haram’s long use of the commercial town as main transit for undertaking major fishing trade and tax administration from which the insurgents fund their murderous activities. Baga, Borno’s largest fishing community in the shores of the Lake Chad with water ways to neighboring countries is considered strategic to Boko Haram’s operation.

Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in a statement issued Saturday, said two convoys, one belonging to the Governor and another for a committee on Baga reconstruction had safely plied the Maiduguri-Baga route previous days before the third convoy of security men was ambushed on Friday morning even after precautionary steps had been taken to ensure safe trips.

“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is saddened by this unfortunate carnage. He shares the grief of families of these 11 priceless heroes to whom Borno shall remain grateful. The governor prays for the repose of their souls and urges all stakeholders to remain committed to ongoing peace building efforts. Zulum is of the opinion that we must continue to keep hope alive even in the face of tribulations, and believe that with sustained efforts and prayers, Borno will eventually regain peace. The situation facing us is a tough one but we must choose between doing something which gives us some hope and doing nothing which will leave us more vulnerable to Boko Haram’s ultimate wish to takeover Borno and bring it under their sovereign brutal administration” the statement said.

Zulum attends Baga’s first juma’at prayers in nearly two years

Meanwhile, Governor Zulum while in Baga attended juma’at prayers held for the first time in nearly two years.

Baga town was displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents 21 months ago, with most of the residents taking refuge in Monguno and Maiduguri.

In the Governor’s convoy were the Senator representing Northern Borno, Abubakar Kyari, house of reps members representing Marte, Monguno, Nganzai, Mohammed Tahir Monguno and that of Mobbar, Kukawa, Guzamala, Abadam federal constituencies, Bukar Gana Kareto. Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, Chairman of Baga resettlement committee and the Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan were on the trip and some top government officials.

While taking tour of the construction work going on in Baga, Governor Zulum commended the resettlement committee for the quality and speed of work.

Zulum had on August 31, 2020 inaugurated a resstlmeent committee, which was mandated to commence immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation work in Baga.

Borno Receives 94 Boko Haram Escapees From Cameroon

Gen K. S Lawan leads delegation of the officials of the Borno State Government to Cameroon, to facilitate the return of Nigerian Citizens.

Troops of the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) on Tuesday received 106 civilians who escaped from the Boko Haram terrorists and surrendered. 94 of the escapees were Nigerians, who were handed over to a delegation of Borno government at a remote location in the republic of Cameroon.

Of the 94 Nigerians, there were 37 adult males, 17 adult females and 40 children.

The 106 escapees included Cameroonians and Chadian. Handing them over to Borno Government, Commander of the MNJTF, Maj. Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, said some of the persons of interest voluntarily surrendered to the Headquarters Sector 1 of the MNJTF in far North Cameroon, while the women and children were rescued.

Yusuf said while the military welcomed non-kinetic approach to the War, it warned that operations would continue, adding that it will investigate some of the surrendered persons to ascertain their relationship with the terrorists.

This is a strong indication of success, because, in counter insurgency operations success is measured not just by the number of insurgents that we kill, but as well the number of those that are surrendering, as well as a reduction in their recruitment base. So, obviously this is a success indicator.

“It is because of the Multi National nature of the operations involving Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, that by the concept of our operations, we operate seamlessly and that is why whether they surrender in Nigeria or they surrender in Cameroon, or Niger, it is the same thing for us.

“It is one cohesive force, but the onus now is on us, and we have the guidelines and since they are Nigerians, we have to transfer them to the Nigerian government and the one person from Chad, we have to arrange to get him to Chad, so it is part of our mandate,” Maj. Gen Yusuf said.

In his remarks, Borno’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, who led six man delegation, including Commissioners of Women Affairs and Religious Affairs and special advisers, said the state government was going to profile, debrief, deradicalize and reintegrate the escapees.

He said those profiled as ex fighters would be sent to Nigerian military’s “Operation Safe Corridor,” while the rescued women will undergo stages of counseling before they are debriefed.

“We received a report that a number of our citizens are here, surrendered to the MNJTF, and we also have others that are not members of the Boko Haram sect, but pursuant to the clearance operation, they were rescued following the liberation of villages they were held captive.

”So we are here to see for ourselves, to ascertain how many of them are truly indigenes of Borno, how many are fighters? How many are not fighters? How many women and children. Secondly, having identified the number of fighters and non-fighters, women and children, we’ll plan for evacuation of those that are innocent, those rescued as a result of clearance operation immediately to Maiduguri, with a view to reintegrating them because, they are innocent.

“And the ones that are fighters, we’ll liase with “operation safe corridor,” and transfer them there with a view to deradicalizing them,” Lawan said.

GOV. Zulum at refugees commission over repatriation of Nigerians In Chad, Niger, Cameroon

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum visits at the National Refugees Commission over repatriation of Nigerians from Chad, Niger, Cameroon.

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), in Abuja, over repatriation of Borno citizens taking refuge in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Zulum, accompanied by the Chief Whip at the House of Representatives, Mohammed Monguno and Special Adviser and Coordinator, Sustainable Development, Partnerships and Humanitarian Support, Dr. Mairo Mandara, held discussions with Sen. Basheer Garba Mohammed who is Federal Commissioner for NCFRMI.

The meeting took place at the Federal Secretariat.

The Commission has the mandate to coordinate repatriation and thus, the Governor sought collaborative support in order to bring back citizens who are willing to return to Borno for permanent resettlement.