Zulum laments death of 11 security personnel ambushed by Boko Haram

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno with security operatives at Kukawa Local Government Area on Friday

By Hamza Suleiman

Maiduguri –  Gov. Babagana of decried the of eight policemen and three members of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), were ambushed in Kukawa Local Area on Friday.

lamentation is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategies, Malam Isa Gusau, in Maiduguri on Saturday.

The said that two convoys; one belonging the and conveying members of a on Baga Reconstruction had safely passed the Maiduguri-Baga route previous days before the third convoy of security men ambushed.

in Baga from Thursday Friday as part of the efforts resettle the people back their community after displacement by Boko insurgents.

According him, the visit Baga “aimed at cutting Boko ’s long use of the commercial town as main transit for undertaking major fishing trade and tax administration, from which the insurgents fund their murderous activities’’.

“Baga, ’s largest fishing community in the shores of the Lake Chad with water ways to neighbouring countries is considered strategic to Boko ’s operation,’’ the said.

Zulum was saddened by the unfortunate carnage and shared the grief of families of the 11 priceless heroes “to whom shall remain grateful for their commitment and sacrifices’’.

The governor prays for the repose of their souls and all stakeholders to remain committed to the ongoing peace building efforts.

He said people continue to keep hope alive “even in the face of tribulations’’.

He also believed that with sustained efforts and prayers, Borno will eventually regain peace.

“The situation facing us is a tough one but we choose between doing something, which gives us some hope, and doing nothing, which will leave us vulnerable to Boko Haram’s ultimate wish to takeover Borno and bring under their sovereign brutal administration.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the governor attended Jumma’at prayer in Baga town with thousands of people.

He was accompanied by Sen. Abubakar Kyari, (Borno North), House of Representatives members representing Marte, Monguno, Nganzai, Mohammed Tahir-Monguno and that of Mobbar, Kukawa, Guzamala, Abadam federal constituencies, Bukar Kareto among others.

NAN report that Baga town was displaced by the two years ago, forcing thousands of people to take refuge in Monguno and Maiduguri, the capital of the Borno.