MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday released 70 new surveillance vehicles to support the Nigerian Army, Police, volunteers in the civilian JTF and hunters involved in fighting Boko Haram.
The vehicles were presented at the launch of a rapid response squad held at the Shehu’s palace in Maiduguri. Top officers of the military, police and volunteers were at the venue.
The Governor had between June and September, 2019, hand over 160 surveillance to security agencies and volunteers fighting insurgents.
He directed that the vehicles released, a number be used by hunters and civilian JTF to patrol Maiduguri-Damboa road. Those painted in military colours were received by the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole. Police and other security agencies were part of the allocation.
The Governor assured citizens of his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property.
“I have said a number of times that this administration will not hesitate to take any measure or make any sacrifice in order to ensure peace and security returns to our state.
“As the Chief Security Officer of Borno state, it is my constitutional and moral responsibility to do whatever I possibly can in trying to secure the lives of citizens and doing that is the whole essence of government in the first place,” Zulum said.
He called on traditional and community leaders to re-dedicate themselves to mobilizing participation in vigilance and generating local intelligence; warning that under no condition must any citizen harbour insurgents and those perpetrating criminal activities.
“We cannot succeed in winning a lasting peace if we do not give maximum support to our security operatives by giving them information about the identities of culprits and their hideouts.
“On no account should we protect or hide anybody with the evil intention of destroying our state. The consequence of conspiracy is gracious”.
The Borno helmsman praised the military, other security establishments and volunteers for their sacrifices in battling Boko Haram in the state.
Also speaking, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya, represented by his Deputy, Major General M.G. Ali, thanked the Governor for consistently supporting the military through far reaching interventions.
Earlier, the state’s Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, whose ministry deals with public rights to security protection, said the launch was part of multiple approaches being deployed in trying to contain boko haram.