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Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum on Thursday was in another fuss with the military when he accused them of sabotage over Wednesday’s attack on his convoy.
It would be recalled, the Governor came down hard on soldiers manning Damaturu-Maiduguri road in January accusing them of extorting commuters. 
He accused soldiers of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed along Maiduguri – Damaturu Road of extorting commuters and causing them unnecessary hardship. 
The military was not happy with the uncomplementary statement however as they cautioned the Governor against dampening their morale.
Zulum was on his way to Jakana, a community where Boko Haram insurgents struck when he ran into a long queue of vehicles at one of the checkpoints.
Also, the governor’s procession had early this year been attacked while returning from Konduga where he went to distribute food items and inspect a 500-unit housing project.

Again when President Muhammadu Buhari paid a sympathy visit to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, over the insurgents’ mayhem in Auno community that claimed 30 lives, 18 vehicles and several houses Zulum challenged the military on the need to adopt new tactics to check resurgence of insurgents’ activities in the state even though he acknowledged the successes recorded by the military.
Governor Zulum, who on Wednesday evening survived an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents at Kukawa near Baga, a Borno fishing town on the border of Lake Chad, again accused the Nigerian Army of lack of commitment to secure the settlement and other communities on the basin.

Other neighbourhoods in the area are Cross Kauwa and Monguno.

The attack on the governor’s convoy happened while he was on a food distribution trip to camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region.

Two members of the civilian joint task force (JTF) and a policeman sustained injuries during the incident.

Zulum was whisked away from his official car and smuggled into the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSAS) armoured personnel carrier to keep him safer after the attack was repelled.
Reacting to the incidence,
Zulum told newsmen in Munguno: “As far as I am concerned, what happened in Baga is a complete sabotage by the military. There is no Boko Haram in Baga.

“I wonder, we have over 1181 soldiers in Baga, 72 officers; 400 soldiers in Mile 4 and 1900 soldiers in Monguno. I see no reason why only five Boko Haram men will stop them from occupying Baga town”.

He added: “The troops have been in Mile 4 for over one year, there is complete sabotage, the problem is not with President Muhammadu Buhari but the command and control structure. There is a need to look into the command structure.”

Zulum, in a viral video, told an Army commander that there was an attempt to sabotage his visit with an attack on his convoy.

The governor insisted that the exchange of fire was between the Army and the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad(FSARS), who were leading his convoy into Baga town, adding that Baga is not inhabited by Boko Haram.

“The shooting that happened this afternoon (Tuesday) is between the military and maybe our police and the civilians. There is no Boko Haram in Baga town. We remain  grateful to all of you but the commitment is not there at all, Gov. Zulum said.

Zulum added:”We have over 80,000 IDPs in Monguno, they cannot continue to depend on INGO and others for food, we have created opportunities  for them to go back to their communities and continue with their business and farming activities.

”After  Sallah we are going to allow people to go back to Kukawa and we will give time to the military, if they will not clear Baga, we will mobilize our hunters, CJTF, and vigilantes to recapture Baga , we cannot continue like this. People have taken their destiny in their hsnds”.

The attack did not stop the governor as he visited Kukawa. The headquarters of Kukawa local government before proceeding to Baga where he inspected the receding Lake Chad water which has the great fishing potentials for more than 10 million people.

Baga, the headquarters of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and thousands of civilians,  was  sacked by Boko Haram insurgents in 2015. The area has remained desolate.

The governor declared the Monguno/Baga Highway open to traffic.

He said the move would allow free movement of people and goods from Maiduguri and vice -versa.

He noted that the reopening of the road would also accelerate economic activities and speed up the restoration of civil authorities in the areas.

The governor presented 10 operational vehicles to the military and two Hiilux vans to the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to ensure routine patrol along the road.

”I want you to carry out routine patrol and operations to keep the road safe for our people as we reopen this road for passengers and motorists.   You should have the courage to make the road remain open  because we have to  move forward,” he said.

Sector 3 Commander of Operation Laifya Dole  Brigadier General Ismail Yahaya promised to work hard and keep the road safe.

”We assure you that we are going to  judiciously put the vehicles into use by making sure the road is safe.We will work hard to once and  for all  wipe out the insurgents so that we will go back to our barracks,” Gen. Yaha

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The gruesome beheading of 43 innocent farmers by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state is extremely wicked, devilish and must not be left unaddressed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

The party indicated that the horrific killing of compatriots comes as yet another of the recurring horrid testament and badge of failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure the nation and guarantee the safety of lives and property in the country.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the PDP is indeed is distressed by the escalated killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians by insurgents, bandits and marauders, who have continued to ravage and pillage communities, while the lazy and lethargic Buhari administration continues with its lip service, rhetoric and false performance claims.

The PDP also said that it is particularly disturbed because of the failure of the Buhari Presidency to take decisive action despite series of concerns raised by the Borno State governor, Prof. Baba Gana Zulum, of security compromises in the state.
It said that the Buhari administration appears helpless while the national security structure under him seems to have collapsed. “Our nation appears to be on auto pilot with no one in charge while the ship of state continues to drift.”
The PDP further said; “All our nation gets from the Buhari Presidency is that ‘Mr. President is shocked’, ‘Mr. President is saddened’, ‘Mr. President regrets’ and such lame responses without any decisive policy direction or directive to definitively tackle the situation at hand, leading to escalation of killings in our country.

“Such attitude by the Buhari administration has continued to embolden insurgents to the extent that they now attack military formations, convoys of state governors and engage in wanton beheading of our compatriots.”
“It is distressing that despite this sorry situation, Mr. President, who promised to lead from the front, has receded into the safety of Aso Presidential villa and refused to act on the consistent demands of Nigerians to rejig the national security architecture and replace the service chiefs with more capable hands to affectively tackle our security challenges”.
The PDP therefore charged President Buhari to stop his unhelpful rhetoric but should sit up and take actions that will safeguard the lives of Nigerians who have been subjected to all manners of mental and physical torture under “this incompetent” administration.
It further said; “Mr. President should immediately move to Zabarmari in Borno state, empathize with the families of the victims and lead from the front in restoring security in the area”.
The PDP commiserated with the government and people of Borno State and urge Nigerians to remain at alert particularly in providing useful information for the security agencies in this fight against insurgency in the land.

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric 

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric

The unprovoked and mindless killing of innocent and hardworking farmers in Borno State is horrifying and barbaric especially at a time that all efforts are geared towards restoring peace and order in the troubled North East zone of the country the police Service Commission has said.
In a statement issued by the Commission’s head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, he said that it is particularly disturbing that the victims of the callous act were ordinary harmless Nigerians who were in their farms to seek for livelihood only to be slaughtered like rams and chickens.
The Commission said; “There can never be any justifiable reason for this madness and cruelty”.
It therefore called on the security agencies to quickly re-strategize and put an end to the unending circle of killings in the North East, and advised the citizens to be in the forefront as security has become the business of everybody.
The PSC further said; “We wish to commiserate with Mr. President, the leaders of the North East, the Government and people of Borno State and the families of the assassinated farmers on this sad development. We pray that God will see the nation through these difficult times”.
The Commission however maintained that it will however continue to partner with the security agencies in the search for a durable and workable security arrangement for the country.

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the killing on Saturday of rice farmers by terrorists in Zabarmari in Borno State.

Lawan decried the incident saying it is another act of babarism against innocent Nigerians minding their own business. 

The President of the Senate condoled with the families of the victims, Government and people of Borno State over the senseless carnage.

“This incident is heart-rending and again demonstrates why we must all continue to support the security forces to thwart the criminals in their evil determination to impose a reign of terror on the North East of Nigeria.

“I commiserate with the families of the deceased, Governor Babagana Zulum and the entire people of Borno State and assure them of the sympathy and solidarity of the National Assembly.

“This heinous crime is particularly sad given the ongoing spirited efforts by the Federal Government at ensuring food security in Nigeria through the many programmes that have been put in place to support the agriculture sector.

“I urge the security agencies to redouble their efforts with a view to bringing an end to mindless violent crimes  in our country,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said the National Assembly will continue to support the Executive in strengthening the security agencies towards improving the security of lives and property of Nigerians everywhere in the country.

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