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Boko Haram Attacks: Gov. Umara to establish emergency response team

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Mukaila Ola


The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara, on Sunday promised to establish  a robust emergency response team to monitor and ensure quick response to emergency case especially to Boko attacks.


The governor gave the promise while responding to a rumoured attack of Boko Haram attack on part of Maiduguri, the state capital.


Earlier on Sunday morning, there was panic in parts of Maiduguri as Boko Haram was said to have invaded parts of the town.


People were seen fleeing Molai and Jiddari Polo, in the outskirts of Maiduguri into the town as escape the attack, which later was learnt was hoax.


A statement by Director of Press at the Government House, Maiduguri, Ndahi Pindar said the governor on hearing of the attack went to the rumoured scene of the attack in company of his security network but found that it was hoax.


He said when the governor visited the area to know what exactly was happening, he discovered that it was a rumour as the residents of the area were seen going about their normal activities.


He said following this, the governor promised to set up a robust emergency response team to monitor and ensure quick response to emergency case especially to threats of attacks.


Pindar said the governor appealed to residents of Maiduguri, most especially those at the outskirts not to accept or engage in rumours as in most cases it leads to discomfort and sometimes injury.


In another development, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Vice-President in the annulled June 12 elections paid a visit on the Borno State Governor to pay homage and express appreciation at the successful hosting of the democracy day celebration.


Kingibe, which victory alongside the presidential candidate, Moshood Abiola, at the annulled election was recently recognized by the Nigerian government, said he had wanted to be around in Maiduguri during the democracy day celebrations to register personally as a son of the soil but because it was a national day, he had to celebrate it in Abuja.


He said power comes from God and as a believer, he is confident that the choice of Prof. Umara was not a mistake, urging the good people of Borno to pray, support and embrace governor’s leadership to enable him succeed.


He noted that the people of Borno state to come out fully from the Boko Haram challenges, most especially in mopping up the remnants of the terrorist group and to achieve the gains of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement, “we have to give full support the government.”


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