Shehu of Borno decries attack on Zulum

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Elkanemi has expressed concern on the increasing banditry and insecurity in Borno State following the recent attack on the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum.

The governor’s convoy was Wednesday attacked by insurgents at Baga town in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state during a visit to the area.

Speaking during a Sallah homage to the governor at the Government House in Maiduguri, the shehu said:  “Your Excellency, we are not happy about what happened in Baga, it is very unfortunate and a great pity.

“If the convoy of the whole chief security officer of the state will be attacked, then wallahi, nobody is safe, because he is the number one citizen of the state.

“If the convoy of such a highly placed person in the state will be attacked, I repeat, nobody is safe. The matter is getting worse, I urge everyone to raise  our hands to seek Allah’s intervention.”

Governor Zulum thanked the shehu for the visit and assured him of government’s readiness to address the issues he raised.

Meanwhile, the death toll from Thursday’s mortar attack in Maiduguri by Boko Haram has risen from two to six, the Borno Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, told newsmen in Maiduguri.

He said 27 persons were injured from the four mortar attacks on Gwange, Custom, and Gidan Ayaba areas of the metropolis, included one female at Gwange and five others who were hit by the explosives in separate locations within the City.

The commissioner said following the incidents, the command, in collaboration with other security agencies, deployed 7,000 personnel to secure the metropolis.

“Those deployed are personnel from the Explosive Ordinance Department, Special Anti-Robbery Squad men with armoured vehicles and sniffer dogs, Civilian Joint Task Force, Hunters and the Rapid Response Squad to secure the outskirts of the city,” he said.

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