Governor Babagana Zulum , Borno State - Nigeria
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has launched a scathing attack on the Nigerian Army over an attack on his convoy by suspected Boko Haram Insurgents in Baga on Wednesday.
The Gazette News had reported how the governor's convoy was attacked by gunmen a few kilometers to Baga, a fishing community on the shores of the Lake Chad region before they were repelled by security escorts attached to the governor.
Zulum who was visiting the town to distribute palliatives to residents affected by the decade long insurgency was forced to retreat following the attack.
After the attack, the governor confronted the Commanding Officer in Mile 4 and expressed his displeasure over the inability of the military to rid Baga and environs of insurgents.
“You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here; if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base.
Then we should forget about Baga, I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy the men to other places that they can be useful,” Zulum said.
“You people said there’s no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us?” Baga has been under the control of insurgents for many years until the military declared its liberation, insisting no Nigerian territory is under the control of Boko Haram.
Since the current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was at one time the world's deadliest terror group according to the Global Terrorism Index.
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