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Boko Haram: Zulum To Boycott Nigerian Army, Engage Local Vigilante

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Borno state Governor Babagana Umara Zulum said “there is s complete sabotage in the fight against insurgency in the North-east and the attacked on his convoy.”

He also asserted that the federal government should look into the command control structure of the Nigerian military high command within the theater command of Operation Lafiyà Dole in Maiduguri.

Zulum was in Boko Haram terrorists’ stronghold and volatile town of Baga town Wednesday during  which his convoy was attacked.

The governor was on an assessment visit to explore the possibility of how the IDPs from the town can return to their homes.

To rescue the situation, the governor was whisked into the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) armoured carrier vehicles and sneaked out of the town.

Addressing journalists on the development Thursday in Monguno, Governor Zulum said: “As far as I am concerned, what happened in Baga is a complete sabotage by the military. There is no Boko Haram in Baga.”

“I wonder, we have over 1181 soldiers in Baga, 72 officers, 107 soldiers, 400 soldiers in Mile 4 and 1,900 soldiers in Monguno. I see no reason why only 5 Boko Haram terrorists will stop them from occupying Baga town,” Zulum said.

“The troops have been in Mile 4 for over one year. There is complete sabotage. The problem is not with President Buhari, or General Buratai but the command and control stricture.  There is need to look into command structure.

” We have over 80,000 IDPs in Mongouno. 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 are going to allow people to go back to Kukawa and we will give time to the military, if they will not clear Baga, we will mobilise our hunters, CJTF, and Vigilantes to recapture Baga. We cannot continue like this.  People have to take their destiny in their hands,” Zulum said.

The governor had earlier visited Kukawa town, the headquarters of Kujawa local government area prior to his visit to Baga town.

He was in Baga to inspect the Lake Chad Water ways which provide job opportunities to over 10 million fishermen or people who engaged in farming and fishing activities in the Borno North.

Baga had been denied access by the military while the residents were displaced when the insurgents launched violent attacks on the famous fish town.

The Boko Haram insurgents had attacked and sacked residents of Baga town, including the headquarters of Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and hoisted their flags in 2015.

It was later reclaimed by the Nigerian and Multi National Forces, and there had not been civilian presence in the town since then.

Attack an isolated incident —Army

However, spokesman of the Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement Thursday said the attack on the governor’s convoy  was an isolated incident.

He further stated that earlier, Zulum had visited Commander 19 Brigade at the Nigerian Army Super Camp where he was briefed on the security situation.

Musa noted that details of the incident were still “sketchy” and also announced that investigation had commenced.

He also said efforts were ongoing to comb the area, “with a view to track down and deal decisively with the attackers.”

The army spokesman also said normalcy had been restored in Baga “with socio-economic activities picking up” while also assuring Nigerians that the incident would be interrogated to forestall future reoccurrence.

“The military will continue to discharge its responsibilities professionally and respect fundamental human rights,” Musa added.

Depressed soldier

Meanwhile, a soldier in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno state, has killed an officer, Lt. Babakaka Ngorgi.

The incident happened around 10:30 am Wednesday when the soldier approached the officer who was making a call in front of the unit’s headquarters and gunned him down.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said the soldier had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

In a statement titled: ‘Nigerian soldier suffering from depression kills a subaltern in Borno state’, Musa disclosed that the remains of the deceased officer had been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

It said:  “Investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident. The family of the deceased has already been contacted.

“The Nigerian Army sympathises and condoles with the family at this trying moment, and pray for the repose of the soul of the departed and grant his family and other loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May his gentle soul rest in peace?”

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