By George Ogbolu
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has spoken on the recent attack on his convoy by members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.
Recall that the attack, which was said to be an ambush, resulted in the killing of 30 security personnel including soldiers and policemen attached to the Governor’s convoy.
A security source quoted by AFP on condition of anonymity said eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed local militia were killed in the attack on the Governor’s convoy near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
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The Jihadist fighters opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
Speaking in Baga, the Borno governor described the attack on his convoy on Friday as most unfortunate.
According to Zulum, he still has confidence that peace will return to Borno State, the northeast and Nigeria.
“We have seen the level of work done by the Resettlement Committee, we have seen the renewed efforts of the Nigeria Military and I think so far so good, we have achieved a lot in our collective effort and plan for the Resettlement of the Baga Community under the phase one relocation exercise,” the Borno governor said.
“We have put in place a befitting primary health care facility, we have rehabilitated water supply distribution network, and we have also put in place needed infrastructure for a smooth start of Education programmes.
“The most important of all to ensure these things kick start without facing difficulty is the establishment of civil authorities, which on ground. We have renovated the Houses of the Traditional Rulers, built Police Station and Markets among others. We are sure that we are good to go,” Zulum said
“What happened is unfortunate, but this will never deter us from fulfilling our mandate on the safe return of our IDPs.
“We shall remain resolute, we shall remain courageous, and we shall remain determined to ensure the people that are willing to return back of adequate security,” he added.