Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has expressed his dissatisfaction towards the army over a suspected Boko Haram attack on his convoy in Baga, a town in Kukawa local government of the state.
According to Channels TV, 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, unknown gunmen opened fire on the Governor and his entourage. The Governor was forced to retreat as security operatives on escort duties repelled the attackers.
Zulum who was left furious after the incident confronted the Commanding Officer in Mile 4, and expressed 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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