Zulum to Army; If you can’t secure Baga, we wll ask hunters to do the job

Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno, says if the military is incapable of securing the lives and properties of residents in Baga, he would call on local hunters to keep the town safe.

The Governor made this announcement after Wednesday’s attack by members of Boko haram on the his convoy in Baga, while on his way to an internal displaced person (IDP) camps in Kukuwa Local Government area of the state.

Although, the Governor had been told by troops of the Nigerian Army of the safety of Baga from terrorist attack, however, after the incident on Wednesday, the Governor has come to question what he had be told earlier before.

Part of Zakum’s statement reads, “We have over 1,181 Soldiers in Baga; 72 officers, 107 Solders, 400 Soldiers in mile 4 and 1,900 Soldiers in Monguno. I see no reason why Boko Haram will operate in Baga town.”

“The troops have been in mile 4 for over one year, there is complete sabotage, the problem is not with President Buhari, or General Burutai but the Command and control structures. There is need to look into Command structure.”

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

“After Sallah, we will go back to Kukawa. We we will give time to the Military; but if they will not clear Baga, we will mobilise our hunters and vigilantes to recapture Baga… we can’t continue like this. People have taken their destiny in their hands.”

Meanwhile, Sagir Musa, the Army spokesman, said details of the incident are still sketchy at the moment, however, he said investigations have been lunched to find out what really led to the attack on the Governor’s convoy.

“An investigation is also in progress to identify the circumstances that led to the attack.”

“Regrettably, this is an isolated and most unfortunate incident that occurred in a territory where normalcy has since been restored with socio-economic activities picking up. The Nigerian army wants to reassure the general public that this will be interrogated with a view to forestalling future recurrence.” he added.

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