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Power Should go to South in 2023 – Gov Zulum
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Power Should go to South in 2023 – Gov Zulum

The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has lent his voice to the call for power to shift to the South in 2023. Governor Zulum stated this when he spoke at the presentation of a book by Dakuku Perterside, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), on Thursday, March 25. “The issue of power rotation is a covenant between us hence the need to shift the power to the south.”he said According to him, it doesn't matter what part of the South the next president comes from. He urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to heed his advice and keep to previous agreements made to shift power to the southern part of the country in the next administration. Governor Zulum will not be the first governor to say that the South should t...
Gov. Zulum Uncovers Fresh Batch Of Fake IDPs In Maiduguri Camp
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Gov. Zulum Uncovers Fresh Batch Of Fake IDPs In Maiduguri Camp

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, has discovered 528 illegal occupants of an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, officials of the state government have said. The Governor paid a midnight visit to the camp on Tuesday, where he carried out a headcount. The camp holds IDPs from Bama, Konduga and Damboa LGAs of Borno. TheCable gathered that Zulum sealed the entrance immediately after his arrival and presided over the counting of the IDPs. The count revealed that out of the 1316 households in the records of humanitarian officials, 528 were found to be fake. Only 788 households were discovered to hold real IDPs. The governor said the headcount is an attempt to curb the practice of residents benefitting from resources meant for IDPs. Borno state offici...
Fake Internally Displaced Persons Discovered in Borno Camp
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Fake Internally Displaced Persons Discovered in Borno Camp

Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, has discovered fake internally displaced persons at the Mohammed Goni College of Islamic Legal Studies in Maiduguri, where internally displaced persons from Abadam local government area of northern Borno were being camped. Governor Zulum at about midnight on Sunday March 7, stormed the camp and immediately sealed entrance and supervised a headcount to identify actual IDPs, in order to put a stop to rampant cases of dubious residents pretending to be displaced, who spend day times at IDP camps to share food meant for IDPs, and towards the night, they return to their homes to sleep, with some of benefiting from other means through which the state distributes food to vulnerable non IDPs in communities. Governor Zulum’s mission, which end...
Zulum Asks FG To Hire Mercenaries, Seek Foreign Support To End Insurgency
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Zulum Asks FG To Hire Mercenaries, Seek Foreign Support To End Insurgency

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, has asked the federal government to hire mercenaries and seek support of neighbouring countries in the fight against insurgency. The governor spoke at the North-east Governors Forum meeting which held in Bauchi on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Bala Mohammed, Ahmadu Fintiri, Muhammad Yahaya and Darius Ishaku; governors of Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba states respectively. Zulum, who chairs the forum, said joint action is required to end the insurgency. “Again, I want to use this opportunity to call on the federal government to seek support from our neighbours, especially the Republic of Chad and Niger with a view to providing a joint action that will look into the possibility of ending this crisis,” he said. “Furthermore, federal ...
Deradicalised Terrorists Rejoin Boko Haram After Spying On Communities – Zulum
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Deradicalised Terrorists Rejoin Boko Haram After Spying On Communities – Zulum

The Governor of Borno State , Babagana Zulum , has said the concept of deradicalisation of Boko Haram terrorists otherwise known as Safe Corridor is not working as expected. Zulum said this while delivering his speech at the North -East Governors ’ Forum meeting which held today at the Banquet Hall, Government House , Bauchi State . Present at the meeting are Governors of Borno , Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi , while Taraba and Yobe states were represented by their deputies . According to Zulum , those who have passed through the deradicalisation initiative often go back to rejoin the terror group after they have spied on their host communities who often resent their presence. He said , “ Your Excellencies, another aspect of the war against the insurgency that needs to be urgently ...
FG To Begin Trial Of 5,000 Boko Haram Suspects
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FG To Begin Trial Of 5,000 Boko Haram Suspects

The Federal Government says it will soon begin the trial of 5,000 suspected Boko Haram members who are in various detention facilities across the country. The Director General of Legal Aid Council, Aliyu Abubakar, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Borno Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri. Abubakar identified Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Kainji Correctional facilities, among the locations were the suspects are being detained over their alleged involvement in the activities of the Boko Haram sect. He said the trial would be conducted by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Office of the National Security Advisers in collaboration with the Theartre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, while the Legal Aid Council has been mandated to provide...
Christian Boko Haram Members: A Lie From The Pit Of Hell – FFK Attacks Gov Zulum
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Christian Boko Haram Members: A Lie From The Pit Of Hell – FFK Attacks Gov Zulum

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, this evening via his Twitter handle, attacked the Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, who over the weekend, alleged that some Christians are members of the deadly sect group, Boko Haram. Governor Zulum made the allegation while speaking at the 17th Chief Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture last week. The governor in his speech at the ceremony, said. “Our borders are so porous and proliferation of arms is existing there. I’m from Borno State, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, Asians, Africans, Muslims and Christians.” Reacting to Governor Zulum's comment via his Twitter handle, FFK described...
Release Evidence Of Christian Boko Haram Members, CAN Tells Zulum
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Release Evidence Of Christian Boko Haram Members, CAN Tells Zulum

The Christian Association of Nigeria has challenged the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, to post photo and video evidence of Christians whom he claimed are members of the notorious terror group, Boko Haram. CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, was reacting to allegations by Zulum that Christians are members of the Abubakar Shekau terror group. The PUNCH had reported that Zulum alleged on Friday at an event in Lagos that Asians, foreigners and other Africans are part of the terror group. The governor had said, “I’m from Borno State, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, As...
Christians, Foreigners Also Boko Haram Members – Zulum
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Christians, Foreigners Also Boko Haram Members – Zulum

Babagana Zulum Borno State governor says Christians are also members of Boko Haram, contrary to the believe that members of the terrorist group are only Muslims. Mr Zulum made the claim at the 17th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch at the weekend. His new claim contradicts the mission of the outlawed group fighting to Islamize the nation. Formed over a decade ago, the rebellious group has continued to terrorise Nigerians despite killing thousands and displacing millions. Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed surprised that the group which he vowed to crush in no distant time when he took over in 2015 was still existing. This is after officials of his administration have severally claimed that the insurgen...
UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack
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UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack

The United Nations on Monday recanted an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community, Borno State. Local media had published a report on Saturday quoting officials of the Borno State government saying at least 43 farmers lost their lives in an attack by insurgents on a rice field. On Sunday, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, had during a mass burial of the deceased farmers, told journalists that 43 farmers were killed. Later on Sunday evening, the UN issued a statement which quoted the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said attack. The UN version of the death toll from Koshobe rice field went viral. In the initial UN statement, signed by Eve Sabba...
Governor Zulum Recommends the Use of Mercenaries to Defeat Boko Haram
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Governor Zulum Recommends the Use of Mercenaries to Defeat Boko Haram

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has recommended the recruitment of foreign mercenaries by the federal government to help in ending the Boko Haram war. The previous Goodluck Jonathan administration utilised foreign mercenaries, including South Africans, against Boko Haram; mainly in the build-up to the 2015 general elections. The mercenaries are believed to have contributed to the successes the military recorded in the few weeks leading to the 2015 general election. The Buhari administration, however, jettisoned the use of mercenaries, promising to equip and empower the Nigerian military to defeat the insurgents. Mr Zulum made his suggestion when he received a federal government delegation that visited the state to commiserate with the people of Borno over the Saturda...
Boko Haram Still Existing Strongly In Borno – Governor Zulum
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Boko Haram Still Existing Strongly In Borno – Governor Zulum

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Sunday admitted that the dreaded Boko Haram sect are still existing strongly in many parts of the state especially in the Sambisa Forest, River Fringes of Koshobe and Lake Chad Basin posing threats to over 6 million people in the state. Zulum spoke after he attended the mass burial of rice farmers/fishermen slaughtered on Saturday in Koshobe in broad daylight at Zabarmari community in which, 44 corpses have been recovered by security operatives and volunteers, while other corpses are still not recovered in the Bush of Koshobe village, with scores missing at press time. Koshobe, located north-east, an agrarian community under Jere Local Government Area, where most Hausas engaged in farming and fishing is about 25km drive from Maiduguri, th...
Governor Zulum Hails UAE For Convicting Boko Haram Sponsors, Messages Buhari
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Governor Zulum Hails UAE For Convicting Boko Haram Sponsors, Messages Buhari

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has expressed excitement over the conviction of alleged Boko Haram sponsors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Zulum said he was glad that for the first time in 11 years, there appeared to be a headway on tracking some financiers of the sect. The governor lamented that Boko Haram had killed thousands of citizens, displaced millions, and damaged private and public properties worth billions of Naira. In a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Isa Gusau, Zulum urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a multi-stakeholder committee to follow up on the UAE findings. He noted that such intelligence if authenticated, be used to expand search on other Boko Haram sponsors within and outside Nigeria. Zulum suggested that team members be drawn...
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum Unveils 326 Projects In 365 Days
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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum Unveils 326 Projects In 365 Days

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has, in one year, undertaken 326 capital projects and 49 policies and programmes, some of which were capital-intensive, Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa has announced. Jidda, in a statement on Saturday, explained that under 21 of the capital projects, Zulum’s administration is constructing 6,544 sub-urban and low-cost houses in 12 local government areas for re-settlement of internally displaced persons and refugees. The SSG’s statement was to kick-start media engagements lined up to mark the state government’s one year in office. Commissioners and heads of boards and agencies are scheduled to begin pictorial-based press conferences from Monday in Maiduguri. Among many other projects, Shuwa explained that ...
Boko Haram Deceived Us With Religious Sermon Before Killing 80 – Borno Survivor
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Boko Haram Deceived Us With Religious Sermon Before Killing 80 – Borno Survivor

One of the persons who witnessed the attack on Faduma Kolomdi village in Gubio local government area of Borno state on Tuesday has narrated how the insurgents deceived villagers before they struck. The survivor, who spoke when Babagana Zulum, governor of the state, visited the village on Wednesday, said 81 residents were killed, 13 persons injured and seven others, including village head, were abducted. “The insurgents in gun trucks and armored tanks, came around 10am. They operated for about six hours and left around 4pm,” he said. “They gathered us and said they wanted to deliver religious sermon to us. They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their dane guns, bow and arrows. “The insurgents pretended as if they were there for any violence. Sudd...
Governor Zulum Suspends All Hospital Staff For Abandoning Patients In Borno
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Governor Zulum Suspends All Hospital Staff For Abandoning Patients In Borno

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has suspended all paid staff members at the General Hospital in Ngala town. Those suspended include resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians. The suspension, it was gathered, came after Zulum’s unscheduled visit to the hospital on Monday. At 11am of Monday when the governor arrived at the hospital, it was established that the entire staff had abandoned the hospital to an international non-governmental organization, fhi360, which was managing hundreds of patients, the majority of them, IDPs and residents. The hospital’s staff members, it was gathered, abandoned their duties despite receiving government’s salaries. The governor was said to have shown up at the hospital in order to find out the realities of ...
COVID-19: Zulum Extends Lockdown In Borno By 7 Days
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COVID-19: Zulum Extends Lockdown In Borno By 7 Days

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has extended the lockdown in the state by one week. Zulum announced the extension which he described as “painful, but necessary” in a radio and television broadcast on Wednesday in Maiduguri. “It would have been better for a complete relaxation of the lockdown measures, if we had an effective vaccine or if the infection rate is declining by the day. “The available statistics shows an increase in coronavirus cases on daily basis and cause mainly by community transmission. For now, social distancing and lockdown are the only veritable options to limit community transmission in the absence of any effective vaccine to fight the pandemic. The pandemic is real and we must face it. “I have extended the lockdown measure by a week but directed to...
Nigerian Soldier Killed During Boko Haram Attack in Damboa
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Nigerian Soldier Killed During Boko Haram Attack in Damboa

A Nigerian soldier, Haruna Banana, was killed during an attack in Damboa, Borno state yesterday Wednesday March 4th. The sect members stormed the community in the early hours of yesterday, shooting sporadically. Dogo Shettima, an aide to Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, took to his Twitter handle to announce Haruna's death during the attack. See his tweet below.
Soldier  Killed Four of his Colleagues before Committing Suicide in Borno
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Soldier Killed Four of his Colleagues before Committing Suicide in Borno

Dogo Shettima, an aide to Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, has shared the photo of the soldier who killed four of his colleagues and then committed suicide at the Army Super Camp 15, located at Malam Fatori in Borno state in the early hours of Wednesday February 26th. According to Dogo, the deceased soldier's action is suspected to have been caused by depression and trauma.
Fani-Kayode Hails Zulum, Matawelle On Fight Against Insurgency
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Fani-Kayode Hails Zulum, Matawelle On Fight Against Insurgency

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has hailed the Governors of Borno and Zamafara States, Babagana Zulum and Bello Matawalle for their efforts in the fight against insurgency in the country. Recall that the former minister recently blasted the Nigerian senate for their plans on establishing a federal agency for repentant Boko Haram members. The former minister pointed out that the governors of the two North-Eastern regions are fully committed to the war against terrorism. He went on to commend the governors for defending their citizens. See his post below: There are 2 core northern Governors that have fought the insurgents & terrorists with all their heart & soul. They are Gov. Matawale of Zamfara & Gov. Zulum of Borno. They are fully committed to ...
Victims Of Boko Haram Attack In Borno Disobeyed Our Directive – Army
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Victims Of Boko Haram Attack In Borno Disobeyed Our Directive – Army

The Nigerian Army has blamed victims of Boko Haram attack in Auno, a village 25 kilometers away from the main town of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The military stated this while reacting to the accusation by the state governor, Babagana Zulum, that they were to be blamed for the attack that is reported to have claimed the lives of over 30 citizens. Mr Zulum in blaming the military said the incident occurred due to the withdrawal of military personnel from the affected area. “Since my inauguration as the governor of Borno State from May 29th to date, Auno town has been attacked for about six times now. And the reason is that the military has withdrawn from Auno town,” the governor said in anger when he visited the scene of the attack. “We have made repeated plea to th...
Zulum’s Reward Of Igbo Teacher Indictment On Divisive Politicians – Falana
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Zulum’s Reward Of Igbo Teacher Indictment On Divisive Politicians – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the recent act of kindness by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, is an indictment on those who categorise victims of Boko Haram insurgents along religious lines. Zulum visited Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 primary school around 6:30 am on Friday where he met Obiageli Mazi, a class teacher. Impressed by her dedication to work, the governor commended and rewarded her with a cash gift of N100,000 cash. He also recommended her for promotion, and in less than 24 hours, the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) announced her promotion to assistant headmistress. In a statement issued on Sunday, Falana commended Zulum for rewarding Mazi irrespective of her religion and ethnicity. “No doubt, governor Zulum deserves commendation for rewarding...
Boko Haram Is Attacking People And You Are Collecting N1,000 Per Car – Zulum
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Boko Haram Is Attacking People And You Are Collecting N1,000 Per Car – Zulum

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, came down hard on soldiers manning Damaturu-Maiduguri road in the state on Monday afternoon. Zulum was on his way to Jakana, a community where Boko Haram insurgents struck on Saturday when he ran into a long queue of vehicles at one of the checkpoints. The governor, who apparently had been briefed that the security operatives were extorting people, alighted from his vehicle and walked straight to where some of the soldiers were. “I’m going to report all of you in this unit… nobody can tolerate this. Boko Haram is attacking people and you are here collecting N1000 per car,” he said. One of the soldiers tried to calm the governor down, saying he would look into the case but Zulum fired back, saying: “But we saw them.” See the video be...
Don’t Use Force Against Boko Haram/insurgents, Borno Gov Begs Buhari
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Don’t Use Force Against Boko Haram/insurgents, Borno Gov Begs Buhari

The Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to explore other options rather than the use of force against Boko Haram insurgents. Zulum was reacting to Boko Haram fighters backed by the Islamic State West African Province earlier attack on least four Nigerian Army bases, raising concerns among the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East. The army had lost a yet-to-be-ascertained number of soldiers when Boko Haram fighters attacked its bases in the Mobbar, Damasak, Monguno and Gajiram areas of Borno State. Zulum, who met President Buhari on Wednesday, when asked if he was concerned that Boko Haram was no longer dealing with soft targets but attacking military bases, said: “You are aware that some incidents occurred two, three days ago where...

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