Boko Haram: Maiduguri University commences construction of N64bn fence to ward off incessant attacks

Boko Haram: Maiduguri University commences construction of N64bn fence to ward off incessant attacks

The Federal Government on Saturday, August 1, announced the construction of the 27.3-kilometre perimeter fence for the University of Maiduguri to ward off incessant attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

1st News garnered that the project, which is valued at N64bn, is to stop the Boko Haram terrorists who have been penetrating the North-East part of the institution’s campus.

Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities in UNIMAID, Dr Dani Mamman, who stated these in an interview, said only the western and southern parts of UNIMAID campus were initially fenced.

He said, “The UNIMAID perimeter fence is still being constructed. The Federal Government approved N64 bn for the construction of 27.3-kilometre perimeter fence for UNIMAID. That place is very porous.

“The ASUU UNIMAID wrote to the Minister of Education through the ASUU president after an explosion during which we lost a professor and seven other staff.”

Meanwhile, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Saturday, August 1; has slammed the explanations given to him by the military field commanders; on the attack on his convoy by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Zulum stated that such excuses were not tenable to the government and people of the state.

The governor made this disclosure during a press briefing in Maiduguri on his experience; during his trip to Baga, the fishing town in Borno.

He added that he was saddened with what he saw and experienced in Baga.

He, therefore, called on the people of the state to rise up in support of the government; and against saboteurs in the military through collective efforts; in order to win the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

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While expressing bitterness on the attack on his convoy in Baga, Zulum said there are about 1,200 soldiers stationed at mile 4; which is only about 4km to Baga town, but they could not liberate the town.

“We were there and you saw what happened. The soldiers were shooting and we all have to make a turn. This is not acceptable. But we can neither blame the President or the Army Chief on this.

“However, the authorities must begin to look into what is happening on the ground; with our soldiers in the frontlines and take a decisive step to ensure these soldiers enter and clear Baga town.

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