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Gov Zulum raises alarm on ISWAP terrorists

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum while receiving the Senate Committee on the Army led by Sen Ali Ndume at the Government House Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has called for urgent security measures to curtail the increasing presence of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in some parts of the State.

Governor Zulum disclosed this when he received the Senate Committee on the Army led by Sen Mohammed Ali Ndume at the Council Chamber of the Government House in Maiduguri.

The Governor added that ISWAP fighters are better armed, equipped, more intelligent, and sophisticated than Boko Haram, and they grow spontaneously. Hence the need to pursue the terrorists. 

He however confirmed that the state has started witnessing the gradual return of peace, acknowledging the support of the Federal Government, Service Chiefs and members of the armed forces. 

On the mass surrender of Boko Haram insurgents, Governor Babagana Zulum said it is already resulting in some stability especially in the areas of agriculture. 

Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Sen Mohammed Ndume said they were at the Government House to commend the governor for the support he has been rendering to the army towards restoring peace to the state and nation at large.

The Senate Committee’s delegation included Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South, and Vice-Chairman of the Committee, Senator Hassan Gusau, Senator Kola Balogun from Oyo South Senatorial district, and Senator Bulus Amos from Gombe South. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; editing by Muzha Kucha