- Baga town in Borno has been declared safe for the return of IDPs
- This was made known by the commissioner for justice in the state, Kaka-Shehu Lawan
- Lawan on Tuesday, October 13, said that the town has been fortified by Nigerian soldiers and other security agencies
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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were once residents in Borno will soon be relocated to Baga, one of the most dangerous spots of Boko Haram attacks in recent times.
The attorney-general and commissioner for justice in the state, Kaka-Shehu Lawan, on Tuesday, October 13, explained why the government made such a decision.
Lawan, according to Premium Times, claimed that Baga town, after multiple attacks on Governor Babagana Zulum's convoy, is now safe for the IDPs to return to.
The commissioner, who also chairs the committee that oversees the return of the IDPs, insisted that the attacks on the governor have nothing to do with the overall security condition of the town.
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In fact, Lawan argued that he and his team were in Baga for four days during its official reopening and did not experience any form of insurgence or violence, since the town, known as the biggest fishing community in Borno has now been fortified by Nigerian soldiers and other armed security agencies.
“Our committee spent four nights on different dates and I can assure you that Baga is well secured and we have a very robust presence of the military there.
“On the four days we spent in Baga, we have never had any security threat. We freely went round the entire community to inspect and assess the level of damages and works needed to be done, and then we would return to our lodge and pass the night. There was no single case of gunshot fired.
“Even when the governor was there, he passed the night in Baga and it was a peaceful time all through.”
Meanwhile, Zulum was attacked again by terrorists near the town of Baga in Borno. Zulum escaped death after his convoy was ambushed on Friday, September 25, by Jihadist insurgents loyal to the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group.
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