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How Zulum hired private jet to fly wounded Major to Abuja for treatment

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
22 November 2022   |   4:08 am
To save the life of one Major Garba, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State hired a private jet to fly him to Abuja for medical treatment.

[FILES] Zulum

To save the life of one Major Garba, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State hired a private jet to fly him to Abuja for medical treatment.

Garba sustained serious bullet wounds while fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the Wajiroko frontline of Sambisa Forest in Damboa Local Council.

Confirming the emergency chartered flight, in Maiduguri, a counter-insurgency expert, in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, disclosed: “He was receiving treatment at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Hospital, but requested to travel to Abuja to meet his private doctor.”

His request was approved by the military authority.

Makama further disclosed that on getting to the Maiduguri airport, the commercial airline operators told Garba that it was against their rules to fly him in his critical health condition.

Disappointed with the airline’s response, he resigned to fate and waited for the next military flight that will be going to Abuja.

Governor Zulum, who was travelling to Abuja sighted the wounded officer and exchanged pleasantries with him.

It was in the course of the greetings that Zulum learnt of the soldier’s frustration to travel for medical treatment in Abuja.

The Governor was also told how operators of the Airline could not fly him due to his conditions.

Zulum, was however moved by the soldier’s condition and decided to intervene by asking the injured solder to join him in the commercial plane.

A source noted that the magnanimity he extended to the ailing soldier was not a one-off thing, stating that the Zulum is known to have always gone out of his way to provide any kind of support and concern to troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).