By Yakubu Uba
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno traveled to Damasak to access the damage caused by the insurgent attacks on the city and donated 12 operational vehicles to the soldiers.
A statement to Maiduguri on Friday by Malam Isa Gusau, the governor’s special adviser for media and strategy, said Zulum spent a night in Damasak where 18 were killed in the attack, to end speculation that the city had been taken over by the terrorists.
“The governor held an operational meeting with soldiers and other security forces, after which he presented 12 security vehicles, including an armored personnel carrier (APC) and 11 patrol vehicles, to reinforce the forces. armies and volunteers made up of young people trained in the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, helping to fight against the insurgents.
“Damasak, seat of the Mobbar local government area in northern Borno, is located on the edge of Lake Chad and shares a border with communities in the Republic of Niger.
“The city was once a vegetable producer and exporter to target markets in Nigeria, the Republic of Niger and other neighboring countries.
“Boko Haram had occupied Damasak in 2014 as one of its caliphates, and insurgents seem interested in the city, apparently for strategic access to fundraising through agriculture and for overland routes to the Republic. of Niger, ”Gusau said.
He also explained that the governor’s visit had prompted several thousand residents who had fled to border communities in the neighboring Republic of Niger to return home.
Gusau said the governor also led the strengthening of agricultural activities in Damasak where he assessed a paddy field that his administration facilitated to improve food security. (NOPE)
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