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]VIDEO]: Borno Gov Exchanges Hot Words With Military Commander Over B'Haram Attack On His Convoy


July. 30, 2020

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno furiously confronted a military commanding officer on Thursday over an attack on his convoy in Baga, a town in Kukawa local government yestderday.
Governor Zulum had departed Maiduguri, the state capital on Monday afternoon for the northern part of the state in continuation of the food distribution programme which he started earlier in July.
On Wednesday, he was scheduled to visit Baga, a fishing town on the shores of the Lake Chad region which 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.
But, few kilometers to Baga, gunmen opened fire on the Governor and his entourage.
The Governor was forced to retreat as security operatives on escort duties repelled the attackers.
A furious Zulum confronted the Commanding Officer in Mile 4, mincing no words in expressing his disappointment at 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?”
The Governor has since returned safely with his entourage to Monguno where the distribution of palliatives continues.
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Meanhwile Special Adviser to Governor Zulum  said his principal embarked on a trip to the Baga area of the state based on information provided by soldiers that they have liberated the town from the hold of Boko Haram insurgents.
Gusau, while speaking in an interview on BBC Hausa Service on Thursday said the governor and his team were in good condition.
Although the spokesman said he was not in the governor’s convoy but stressed that the soldiers, before the trip, had assured the governor, who was on a humanitarian mission to Baga, that the town was no longer taken by the insurgents.
He said, “I was not there physically. The governor was heading to Baga from Munguno because the soldiers told him they have liberated Baga from the control of Boko Haram.”
But along the way, the insurgents opened fire on the governor’s convoy and everyone scampered for their lives.
Gusau explained that some of those in the convoy including policeman, government officials, amongst others, sustained injuries in the process.
“They crawled for a distance on their knees. They sustained injuries. The Boko Haram insurgents were shooting,” he added.
‘They’ll never repent’ — Ndume asks FG to stop rehabilitating ex-Boko Haram fighters
Meanwhile, Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, has kicked against the reintegration of ex-Boko Haram fighters into the society. 
The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram fighters.
The aim of the operation, the military had also said, is to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into society.
About 600 ex-Boko Haram members completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration (DRR) programme in July.
But while speaking on a BBC Hausa service programme, Ndume asked the government to stop rehabilitating ex-insurgents because they would never repent.
“This government’s programme is unacceptable to our people. The right thing is to stop it, forthwith,” he said.
“Not that they even apologised to you, they apologised to the government with the thinking that government has failed and that is why they are being pampered,” he said.
“They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent.
“The government should know what to do about them. But not re-introducing someone to you, who has killed your parent, or your relations.
“If there is sincerity of purpose in this, those in the IDP camps should be trained in various trades and vocation so that they could start life again.”
TheCable had reported how Borno residents kicked against reintegration.
Instead of bringing them back to the society, the residents had said they should be taken to the government house.
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