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Zulum visits victims of Maiduguri attack, 10 persons confirmed dead

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Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at two hospitals on Wednesday, Boko Haram fighters on Tuesday fired Rocket Propelled Grenades into the City of Maiduguri resulting in the death of  10 residents while 47 others were injured.

The shots, on Tuesday night, came from Kaleri, outskirts of Maiduguri, it was learnt, but grenades travelled to hit Gwange and Adam kolo communities, both densely populated areas in the inner city.

Most of the deaths occurred in Gwange. One of the RPG shots hit a children’s playground in Gwange, it was also gathered.

During the visits, the governor described the attack as unfortunate.

He said Boko Haram fighters fired shots from Rocket Propelled Grenades, which wreaked havoc in the town which has been peaceful in recent times.

He said, “Indeed it is a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state, about 60 persons were affected, among them, 10 have died.

“It was as a result of long distance shots fired by the insurgents. I believe this is a new trend we have to rise up and stop. We experienced a similar incident exactly one year ago. The solution is to deploy an appropriate form of technology, which we will have to work on. I share the pains of all those affected but we are not just visiting hospitals, we do so much behind the scene in our combined responses to the Boko Haram insurgency and we will keep making these and more efforts.”

Speaking on military’s regain of Marte, a Borno community which came under Boko Haram’s occupation a few days ago, Governor Zulum said he was not just pleased but also optimistic that the Nigerian military will work had to retain, continue its peace-building and stability efforts in ways that should ensure the insurgents do not take Marte again, or any part of the state.

“I am optimistic that the insurgents will not take over Marte again” Zulum said.

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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