AHMED MARI, MAIDUGURI
Borno state Governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima has disputed some media report credited to Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai that some Borno local government areas were under control of Boko Haram and not the military.
The Governor while speaking with newsmen shortly after arriving the state from his trip to Saudi Arabia, where he led a delegation of some northern Governor to the Islamic Development Bank, said Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai may have either be misquoted or spoke out of emotional outburst.
Shettima, who insisting that none of his Local government area is being occupied by the insurgents, said “I am authoritatively speaking to you as a chief security officer of the state, no local government area in the state is under Boko Haram occupation.”
“As Chief Security Officer of Borno state, I am telling you authoritatively that our military deserves commendation, because all my local government areas have been liberated, only few insurgents that remain in the sambisa forest were desperate to launch some pockets of attacks as a result of the bombardment that is going on in their hideouts.
“May be, Senator Garbai’s statement he gave to the media were done out of his emotions when he visited the affected areas or he was misquoted. I have been trying to get in contact with the Senator on this unfortunate statement,” Shettima stated.
While commending, the military, Shettima said the military and other security operatives under the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ are doing their best in the last six months, as the terrorist’s capacity has been degraded with only pockets of them existing in the Sambisa Forest.
It would be recalled that the Senator representing Borno Central, Senator Kaka Garbai who visited Dalori, Alomari and other villages at the outskirt of Maiduguri that were sacked by insurgents leaving scores dead, informed journalists that “the military are not doing their best to end the war against terrorists, as only Maiduguri, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar council areas were safe and free of insurgents, while 21 of the council areas are partially controlled by terrorists with other three fully still under Boko Haram control”.
The governor on arrival immediately drove straight Dalori and other surrounding villages that were attacked by insurgents last week, where he condoled with the victims and prayed Allah to grant Aljanatul Firdaus for those who lost their lives and wished the injured quick recovery.
Shettima immediate constituted a five-man committee and assured to give them N100 million to commence immediate rebuilding of Dalori and Mairi villages razed down by the insurgents during the attack.
The Committee which is to be headed by the state Deputy Governor, Usman Mamman Durkwa, APC state Chairman, Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori, retired permanent secretary, Baba Sanda among two others are to ensure that all the houses destroyed by the insurgents were rebuilt without delay.
While commending President Muhammad Buhari for his determination towards ending the deadly activities of Boko Haram and other terror acts in the country said, “President Buhari personally called me and condoled with me and the people of the state over the unfortunate incident, apart from the delegation he sent led by the secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David with three ministers.