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Saturday Attack: Zulum Cuts Short Abuja Trip, Visits Four Hawul Communities

Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, Babagana on Sunday morning flew from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital to Maiduguri, the state capital to visit communities in Hawul Local Government Area attacked by Boko Haram Saturday evening.

Zulum, who traveled from Maiduguri to Katsina and Abuja on Thursday for official engagements cut short the trip following the attack.

HumAngle had reported that Tashan Alade, Shafa, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Debro were attacked on Saturday by the insurgents.

Schools, shops and places of worship were destroyed by the insurgents.

Three persons were also killed in Shafa – among them were  two hunters and a civilian.

Many  bags of farm produce recently harvested by farmers were looted by the Boko Haram terrorists who also emptied shops and market stalls.

Zulum, who took a military chopper to the affected communities, inspected  all the damaged  properties and ordered an immediate reconstruction of properties that include a police station, market stalls and others.

In Shafa, the governor ordered the provision of six patrol vehicles and other components to strengthen the local security network in the community.

Also at Yamirshika, he directed the provision of surveillance vehicles to hunters and vigilantes.

He addressed terrified residents who returned to Yamirshika town earlier Saturday, after attempts by terrorists in the town was repelled.

“We departed Abuja to Maiduguri this morning, and we are here to show our sympathy and to stand with all of you, our brothers in Hauwl, over the sad incident, yesterday. I have been fully briefed and I have seen things myself,” the governor said.

“God’s grace, we will strengthen security here and in all places. We will as soon as possible, make available all your requirements based on my interaction with security stakeholders and community leaders. We will rehabilitate the police station, the shops and all other infrastructures destroyed on Saturday.”

Governor Zulum was accompanied to Hawul communities by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, former Deputy Governor, Usman Mamman Durkwa, Senator representing Southern Borno, Mohammed Ali Ndume, Commissioners Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Engr. Mustapha Gubio and Agriculture, Engr Bukar Talba.

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