The Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Zulum has returned one thousand internally displaced persons, IDPs, from Baga town in northern Borno State to their home on Saturday.
The returnees were given ten thousand naira (N10,000) and a bag of rice each to help them start afresh.
The Governor, had, spent two nights in Baga town with the returnees under heavy security watch to supervise preparations for safe resettlement in the commercial town. The town had been earlier occupied by Boko Haram terrorists.
In Baga, Governor Zulum, advised the IDPs to be law-abiding and to support, cooperate with the security operatives to enjoy their protection and safety.
He went on to assure them that the government was not going to abandon them but will continue to ensure that they are well protected.
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Zulum also said the sum of N10,000 given to them, as well as bags of maize, beans and 3 litres of oil are a short term relief to enable them have an easy start with life.
Governor Zulum joined the convoy on its return to Maiduguri the state capital on Sunday reportedly had some set back when the insurgents again tried to stop his convoy but security operatives repelled them with no single casualty on government side.
Series of attempts and attacks on the governor’s convoy is believed to be a plan by the leadership of ISIS-linked ISWAP operating in pockets of territories in the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin to abduct the Borno State governor.
Other reports on Sunday also noted that the terrorist leadership had instructed a unit of ISWAP commanders to launch a coordinated ambush on the returning convoy of the Borno state government, 50km away from Maiduguri, the state capital.
According to the report, the joint ISWAP units have been spotted gathering, with about 20 gun trucks in a location 1.5km away from Kukawa town.