Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, expressed annoyance over what he narrated as the usual attacks of passengers and residents by Boko Haram along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.
Zulum, who visited Jakana, one of the major towns along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, on Monday, blamed the army for Friday’s abduction of over 30 passengers.
The Governor expressed regrets over too many attacks that have happened in the last two years, between Auno and Jakana, of about 20 kilometers distance.
Zulum stated this on Monday titled:
“Friday abductions Zulum visits Jakana, furious over routine attacks on Maiduguri-Damaturu highway …Baffled with army’s failure to secure 20 kilometers”.
The governor said:
“I have had occasions to defend the Nigerian military in order to boost the morale of commanders and their troops at the front lines because I know the true picture of things, however, I am really disappointed that despite all support from both the federal government and from us in Borno state, our military is failing to secure an area of 20 kilometers, which is the distance between Auno and Jakana.
“And incidentally, the majority of Boko Haram’s attacks along this Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road, keeps happening between Auno and Jakana. So, if the military cannot secure 20 kilometers, how can they keep us with the hope they will defeat the Boko Haram?”
Zulum has rebuked the force and the state’s rapid response squad for “lack of visibility” along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
“With all you (journalists) we drove from Maiduguri to here, Jakana. We did not see soldiers on the road, we did not see even our own rapid response squad on this road and they were trained, employed, kitted, and paid to protect all Nigerians within their areas of operation and these Nigerians include travelers plying this busy and important road”.
The governor recounted that this year alone, the hoodlums carried out many attacks along Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road, including the one in February, in which over 30 passengers, including a nursing mother and the infant, were burnt to death.