Boxing Day Attacks: Zulum cuts shot Abuja trip, visits four Hawul communities

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.. Strengthens security with 6 patrol vehicles
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Sunday morning flew from Abuja to Maiduguri to visit communities attacked by Boko Haram on Saturday evening, in Hawul Local Government Area of the state.

Zulum, who traveled from Maiduguri to Katsina and Abuja on Thursday, for series of scheduled activities, cut short the trip following the attack.

Four communities including Tashan Alade, Shafa, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Debro were affected in Saturday’s attack with schools, shops and places of worship destroyed by the insurgents.

A burnt Church

Three persons were killed in Shafa, whom among are 2 hunters and a civilian; while Thousands of bags of farm produce recently harvested by farmers were looted by the insurgents who also emptied shops and market stalls.

The Governor went on to Yimirshika, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Shafa to inspect all destroyed property and gave instruction for immediate reconstruction which includes; police station, market stalls among others, and as well Also provided surveillance vehicles to hunters and vigilantes.

In Shafa, he made provision for six patrol vehicles and other components to strengthen local security network in the community.

Zulum addressed terrified residents who returned to Yamirshika town earlier Saturday, after attempts by insurgents on the town, was repelled.

A block of burnt stalls

“We departed Abuja to Maiduguri this morning, and we are here to show our sympathy and to stand with all of you, our brothers and in Hauwl, over the sad incident, yesterday. I have been fully briefed and I have seen things myself, insha’Allah, we will strengthen security here and in all places.

“We will as soon as possible, make available all your requirements based on my interaction with security stakeholders and community leaders. We will rehabilitate the Police station, the shops and all other infrastructures destroyed yesterday.

“As enshrined in section 14, 2b of the 1999 constitution, security of lives and property remain the cardinal objective of any government. We know this and we are doing everything within our powers to provide security and ensure the welfare of citizens.

“We will neither relent nor shy away from our responsibilities, but we shall remain resilient and focused in our search for peace in Borno,” he said.

Fielding questions from journalists, Zulum said his visit was to strengthen community resilience and provide support to local volunteers supporting security agencies in restoring peace.

In the Governor’s entourage to Hawul communities includes: the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur; former Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa; Senator representing Southern Borno, Mohammed Ndume;

Others are: Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Engr. Mustapha Gubio; and Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr Bukar Talba.

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