▪︎521 households resettled in Baga
By Bode Olushegun
The convoy of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum was again attacked on Sunday morning around Baga.
The latest attack, which recorded no death, happened when the convoy was on its way back to Maiduguri.
They were said to be attacked about 10.30am on Sunday about two kilometers away from Baga.
The convoy, according to some of the people who returned to Maiduguri on Sunday evening from the tour, was shot at by Boko Haram.
One of them said: “There was no death recorded this time around except some minor injuries.
“The windscreen of some vehicles were shattered; some vehicles had their tyres busted by gunshots, including the Government House Press Crew bus.
“The military gun truck was also shot at and a soldier had his shoulder scalded with gunshot.”
The latest attack happened minutes after the governor had resettled some IDPs in Baga town.
The governor had on Sunday resettled 521 households displaced from Baga as part of the government’s plan at returning live to the commercial border town with riverine environment.
Zulum had distributed food items and cash support to each of the 521 displaced but returned households.
Each household was given a cash support of N10,000 to assist it in resettling back.
While distributing the food items and cash support to the returnees in Baga town, Zulum had reassured them and those who would later return that his government would doubt everything in its power to ensure their peaceful and safe living now that they are back home.
He however charged them to continue to be watchful on their children and restrict their movements unnecessarily to avoid falling victims to land mines that might still be scattered in bushes.
He warned that some parts of Baga town were still dangerous to walk as there were still IEDs planted by the Boko Haram which may likely not have completely evacuated.
The governor also appealed to the returning IDPs to be patient while their individual houses were being renovated, urging them to share residences at least for sometimes before everything was ready.
He assured them of security from aggression, noting that the Nigerian military, police, civil defence , Immigration Service , CJTF and vigilance hunters have been deployed in Baga to provide security of life and property in the town and its environs as well as ensure establishment of law and order.
He added that as the military continued to clear land mines in parts of the town, the committee would renovate their respective houses and provide them with all the basic facilities and amenities of life for their services while the situation improves steadily.
The governor was later at Monguno enroute Maiduguri about 12.30 pm,.
Before Monguno he had addressed about 500 IDPs at Baga-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa check point gate.
The governor also addressed another large crowd of Baga IDPs who had yet to be screened and given a go-ahead to return to Baga at the Monguno Government Lodge.
The governor who addressed the large congregation along with Senator Abu Kyari, representing Borno North senatorial district at the National Assembly, pleaded with the IDPs and assured them of their return home to Baga town without the threats of Boko Haram.
Zulum commended the efforts of the committee and security agencies , particularly, the military for their support while promising them that his government would continue to support and empower them to enhance their livelihoods in Baga.
He also told them that government had provided an enabling environment, security, food and basic infrastructure for their return and to better their lives in their various communities.