Zulum welcomes women, children who escaped from Boko Haram captivity

Zulum welcomes women, children who escaped from Boko Haram captivity

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Monday, October 11, received six women and nine children who escaped from the bondage of Boko Haram terrorists.

Presenting the women and children to the governor in Maiduguri, the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, said they were abducted in Borno and Adamawa.

They, however, escaped from the terrorists in the Buni-Yadi axis; from where they trekked for six days to reach Damboa town in Borno.

According to Gambo, three women comprising Maryam Ishaya with one child, Rachel Simon with two children and Esther Ayuba with two children were abducted in Takulasha Village of Chibok LGA of Borno on Oct. 3, 2020.

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Gambo said that the remaining three women comprising Alheri Ezekiel with two children; Victoria Andrew, and Victoria James with two children of Cofure Village of Hong LGA of Adamawa were abducted on May 5, 2021.

Zulum said the government was doing everything possible to speedily rehabilitate; and reintegrate all Boko Haram victims into society.

“I am very happy to receive you, my daughters, after you fell prey to Boko Haram terrorists. We thank God Almighty for rescuing and protecting you from the hands of the terrorists.”

Receiving the victims, Zulum said the government would support and reintegrate them.

He expressed gratitude to God for the development; and urged for sustained effort and prayers for a lasting solution to the insurgency; and other security challenges facing the nation.

Meanwhile, Peter Obi, the former vice-presidential candidate, has stated that the federal government “should not talk about” emergency rule in Anambra state.

The former Anambra Governor made this call on Monday, October 11, during a chat with Arise TV; while noting that the security failure in Anambra is the fault of the federal government, which is “in charge of security”.

On October 6, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice; had said the declaration of a state of emergency “cannot be ruled out” in Anambra; to ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state takes place.

However, Peter Obi said, “People in government, when they make statements; should always, first of all, evaluate and think about the implications of their statement to the overall wellbeing of the country.

“That statement from the attorney general shouldn’t be. More so, he’s the attorney general of the federation, not of the federal government or APC.

“The federal government should not talk about a state of emergency. Failure of security in Anambra state is their failure; because they are in charge of security. Unless they are saying, they’re going to declare a state of emergency on the country.”

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