Following reports that the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum was attacked by members of the Boko Haram insurgent group, the governor has dismissed the story, stating that the attack was carried but by officers of the Nigerian armed forces.
The governor’s convoy, while en route to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno, was recently attacked in Baga, with reports claiming that the attack had been by members of the Boko Haram group.
Zulum described the attack as “a complete sabotage,” adding that it was “very embarrassing.”
He maintained that “there was no Boko Haram inside the town (Baga) yesterday,” and that the shooting was done by officers of the Nigerian military.
He said, “You heard what happened at Baga. It is a complete sabotage. The issue is not about the president. The soldiers and equipment are on ground. We have a total number of about 1,181 soldiers in Baga. I think the problem is in the command or control structure which has to be looked into,” Zulum said.
“I cannot end my interview without clearly stating what happened. As far as I am concerned, there was no Boko Haram inside the town yesterday. That was a serious shooting by the Nigerian armed forces who are residing in Baga. The situation is very embarrassing.
“I think we shall give them some sufficient time because Baga is very important. The shores of the Lake Chad provide employment opportunities to about 10 million people in the north-east.”