Borno Govt Pledges Logistic Support For Military High Command In Maiduguri

Bayo Ajibola

26 Apr 2013, Maiduguri, Nigeria --- REFILE - CORRECTING LOCATION OF MEETING Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima speaks to a team of military investigators from the Defence Ministry during a meeting in Maiduguri, in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga, April 25, 2013. The bloody gun battle last week against Islamist insurgents in the fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, adjacent to the Chadian border, involved forces from neighbouring Chad and Niger, officials said on Tuesday, as West African countries increasingly view jihadist groups as a cross-border threat. There was no confirmation of the death toll from Friday's fighting, but a Nigerian military source said dozens may have died, many of them civilians. The Nigerian Red Cross said it was checking reports from locals that 187 people had died, but had still --- Image by © AFOLABI SOTUNDE/Reuters/Corbis

The Borno State Government said it was willing to provide logistic support toward the relocation of the Military High Command to Maiduguri.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Mustapha Zannah, stated this while receiving members of the Borno Correspondents’ Chapel on a solidarity visit at his office in Maiduguri.

Zannah said the state government was also willing to provide accommodation for the senior military officers expected in Maiduguri.

He commended the gallant efforts of the military at dislodging the Boko Haram insurgents from their hideout in Sambisa forest.

“The state government is ready to provide logistics and other support to ensure smooth relocation of the Military High Command to Maiduguri.

“We are also willing to provide accommodation for the senior officers coming”, Zannah said.

He expressed optimism that the relocation of the High Command to Maiduguri would further boost the military campaign against insurgency.

“We are hoping that the movement will help crush the insurgents and bring back hope to our people who have suffered great damage due to the insurgency”, he said.

The deputy governor also expressed happiness over the outcome of the recent G7 meeting where world leaders pledged support for Nigeria’s anti-insurgency war.


Bayo Ajibola

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