Gov Zulum blasts Nigerian military as Boko Haram insurgents abduct over 30 travellers

Gov Zulum blasts Nigerian military as Boko Haram insurgents abduct over 30 travellers

- Governor Zulum has visited Jakana, the place where Boko Haram insurgents recently abducted over 30 travellers

- The Borno state governor expressed disappointment in the Nigerian military and the state security forces for failure to secure the road where the incident happened

- Nevertheless, Governor Zulum promised the residents along the road that his government will come up with a better strategy to ensure they are safe

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has berated the Nigerian military over the fresh abduction of over 30 travellers by Boko Haram insurgents on Friday, December 18.

The Borno state governor expressed anger over the failure of the military and the state's rapid response squad to secure Auno-Jakana road where the attack took place. gathers that Zulum spoke during his visit to Jakana on Monday, December 21.

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Boko Haram: Gov Zulum blasts Nigerian military as insurgents abduct over 30 travellers
Gov Zulum blasts Nigerian military as Boko Haram insurgents abduct over 30 travellers. Photo credit: The Governor of Borno State
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He said the insurgents now routinely carry out attacks on the road just as he wondered why the security forces could not secure the road which is just a distance of about 20 kilometres.

Governor Zulum said it was disappointing that the majority of the attacks within the last two years took place between Auno and Jakana.

He said:

“I have had occasions to defend the Nigerian military in order to boost the morale of commanders and their troops at the front lines because I know the true picture of things, however, I am really disappointed that despite all support from both the federal government and from us in Borno state, our military is failing to secure an area of 20 kilometers, which is the distance between Auno and Jakana.
"And incidentally, majority of Boko Haram’s attacks along this Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road, keeps happening between Auno and Jakana.
"So, if the military cannot secure 20 kilometres, how can they keep us with the hope they will defeat the Boko Haram?”

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He noted that no security agent was on sight during his trip from Maiduguri down to Jakana.

The governor lamented:

"We did not see soldiers on the road, we did not see even our own rapid response squad on this road and they were trained, employed, kitted and paid to protect all Nigerians within their areas of operation and these Nigerians include travellers plying this busy and important road."

Governor, Zulum, however, assured the residents along the road that he was going to immediately hold a security meeting and come up with more measures to secure the highway.

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In a previous report, Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently paid a condolence visit to Governor Zulum in Maiduguri, Borno state capital following the Boko Haram attack that led to the death of 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari community.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader visited on Monday, December 14, and submitted that Nigeria must employ a "more tactical" approach in the fight against terrorism.

Tinubu, who noted that Boko Haram and other insurgent groups are common enemies, emphasised on the need for the Nigerian military to change its strategy.

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