By Abubakar Goni (Borno Correspondent)
Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has expressed his anger and displeasure with the military command in Baga, Borno state, over what he described as their inability to repel Boko Haram terrorists operating in the area, one year after the army authorities at the Defence Headquarters established the military base.
Zulum's anger arose from the Wednesday dusk ambush and violent attack on his convoy in Baga town on his way from Monguno Local Government Area, where he had gone to distribute relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He has also been touring parts of Borno north to ensure the safety of civilian returnees and the welfare of victims who are displaced persons in the state
Though the attack on the governor was tactically repelled by security operatives in the governor’s convoy, about 15 persons suffered serious injuries on the entourage. The governor was just lucky to escape the attack.This was the third time the governor's convoy was being ambushed and attacked by the Boko Haram insurgents.
An angry governor Zulum, afterwards, confronted the Army Commanding Officer in Mile 4. He deeply expressed his disappointment at the inability of the military to flush out the Boko Haram insurgents in Baga town and its environs.
The governor fumed: “The army has been here for over one year now. There are 1,181 soldiers here; if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base, then we should forget about Baga
“I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy the men to other places that they can be useful".
Zulum however faulted the claim by the army that it had successfully neutralized the insurgents in most parts of Borno State.
“You said there is no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us?", he queried. NNL.