Zulum presents patrol vehicles to Army in Borno
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has distributed 12 patrol vehicles to the Nigerian Army to beef up security in the border areas with Niger Republic.
The vehicles, including an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), were presented for protection of lives and property in the insurgency affected border communities of the state.
While presenting the fighting equipment on Thursday in Damasak, he disclosed that 18 residents were killed during the three-day attacks on the border community.
According to him, the speculations that Damasak was taken over and occupied by insurgents were, however, false.He said the distributed patrol vehicles were to strengthen the Armed Forces, Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes to fight terrorists.
While lamenting Damasak’s incessant attacks, Zulum said: “Boko Haram had occupied Damasak in 2014 as one of their caliphates,” noting that the insurgents are interested in the border town for strategic access to raise funds through the sale of agricultural produce.
He, therefore, directed the Commissioner of Agriculture, Bukar Talba to boost agricultural activities in Damasak.
“Damasak is a major border land route to the province of Diffa in Niger Republic,” he said With the recent incessant attacks, most of the residents have fled to take refuge in Diffa and Bosso towns of Niger.
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