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Borno Governor Unhappy With Security Situation In Baga After Attack Scare

On Wednesday, Borno State Governor  Babagana Zulum, showed his displeasure over the security situation in Baga town, located close to the shores of the freshwater in Lake Chad.

Zulum’s concern was reinforced after an attack scare in the general area of his motorcade, while it was approaching Baga town.

Baga is located off the northeast of Kukawa town in Kukawa Local Government Area.

Zulum further expressed anger that despite the presence of the military in the town, the troops had not secured the entire area.

Zulum was quoted as saying, “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 five kilometres from your base, then should we forget about Baga?, ” I will inform the Chief of the Army Staff to redeploy these men to other places that they can be useful.

“You people said there’s no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us? I doubt if there is any Boko Haram in this town, I can go in and sleep here,” Zulum added.

A military commanding officer in the trending video of the incident could be heard assuring the governor that there were no Boko Haram insurgents in the town.

The governor was in the town for the reopening of Monguno- Baga highway to commuters after two years of closure.

In June, Borno State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mustapha Gubio, said the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency was preventing the execution of development projects in five of  27 local governments areas  in the State.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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