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BORNO: Boko Haram Kill Vigilantes as GOC Presents Christmas gifts to displaced families

Governor Babagana Zulum has denounced the killing of vigilantes at Kayamala Village in Konduga Local Government of Borno State.

At least seven vigilantes including their Commander were killed, while 19 others were injured in bomb attack by Boko Haram Terrorists.

The governor who was represented by Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Sports Development, Saina Buba at the funerals of the deceased called on the Federal government to implement the 6 recommendations previously submitted to them as a matter of urgency.

The governor promised to foot the medical expenses of the injured, while presenting livelihood supports to families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Khalifa, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, has presented Christmas gifts to displaced families in Gubio Camp in the Jere Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), comprising 6,664 households and 32, 232 individuals, were displaced from Abadam, Kukawa, Monguno, Nganzai, Bama, Konduga, Ngala, Kala Balge and Gwoza LGAs in the aftermath of insurgents attacks in 2015.

Presenting the items to the IDPs, Khalifa, who was represented by Lt.-Col. Andrew Wuyep, Commander of 195 Battalion of the Army, disclosed that the gesture was to celebrate with the displaced families and to put smiles on their faces during the festive period.

He said the event, which witnessed the distribution of foods, drinks, noodles, biscuit and clothes, was also meant to improve civilian-military relationship in the host communities.

He said: “This exercise is in continuation of our efforts geared at winning the hearts and minds of the civil population to support the army’s counter-insurgency campaigns in line with the goals of the Chief of Army Staff.

The Acting GOC reiterated the determination of the Nigerian military to restoring lasting peace and normalcy in the North-East.

Responding, Goni Mele, an IDP, commended the army for the show of love by identifying with the displaced families at the time of their needs.

Mele prayed to God to make the insurgents, whose activities had led to the deaths and displacement of thousands of Nigerians, to repent and embrace peace.

Ya-Bintu Usman, another IDP, said that the clothes given to her children would keep them warm during the harmattan, adding that it had not been easy being in the camp.

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