“Bama in Borno has not fallen to Boko Haram” – Deputy Governor insists
Deputy Governor of Borno state, Zannah Umar Mustapha has Tuesday declared that Bama has not fallen into the hands of Boko Haram terrorists, saying that the Military was in full control of the security situation over last Monday’s insurgents’ attacks.
Mustapha made the declarations today at the briefing of newsmen on the state of insecurity in Bama and various parts of the state at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Bama is a border town with Cameroon, and 78 kilometres Southeast of Maiduguri, the state capital.
He however noted that with the attempted attack on Bama town and military barrack, over 2, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the affected town and other villages fled to Maiduguri, and had been resettled at the National Youths Service (NYSC) corps orientation camp and Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Maiduguri.
“The attack on Bama town yesterday (Monday) was very unfortunate, but I want to reassure our people that government is on top of the situation. Already, those in the camp are being taken care of and our security forces are engaging the insurgents in a fierce battle which is worthy of commendation,” said Mustapha.
He also appealed to the people to desist from spreading false information or creating unnecessary tension among themselves.
Speaking on the displaced persons, Mustapha said: “Due to the rising number of displaced persons, another camp has been established at GGSS, Maiduguri to accommodate a maximum of 3, 000 persons.
In these camps, government has provided basic amenities to make their stay comfortable. Currently, in all these camps, including the ones at Madagali, Uba and Mubi in Adamawa state; they all enjoy three square meals, healthcare services and hostels for their accommodation, until the security situation improves for them to return to their respective
towns, communities and villages.
“Let me use this forum to thank all our hosts for the support and cooperation our people have been enjoying form them. I am particularly happy with the cooperation we have so far received from Gombe and Adamawa state governments. Government and security agencies are doing everything possible to overcome the present security challenges. We shall come out stronger and more united as a people. We shall overcome our pains, sorrows and losses that could not be quantified in kind or values.”
Mustapha advised the people to avail useful information to the military and other security agencies to enable them perform their duties diligently.