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Presence of 170 soldiers in Baga during attack on Gov Zulum unusual, condemnable – Publishers react

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Arewa Online Publishers’ Forum has strongly condemned the attack on Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, describing is an act “highly unusual and glaringly suspicious,” given the lame defense put up by the Army Commander as seen in the video clips, which have gone virile. 

A release issued and signed by national chairman of the forum, Mr. Mordecai Sunday Ibrahim, and made available to journalists in Kaduna on Tuesday, stated that “With 170 soldiers on ground, it was unusual for such an attack to occur.”

Mordecai Ibrahim, who is an ex-service man, said “What is more worrisome and annoying about the attack was that the singular action was capable of rubbishing the nation’s State Power and Security wellbeing, which has been greatly diminished before the eyes of the international community, especially potential investors.

“While we truly appreciate the sacrificial efforts of our gallant officers and soldiers in the battlefront defending our nation, a situation where a serving governor moving about with heavy security to protect him, could be so easily attacked in the manner that Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was attacked, was embarrassing and unacceptable. 

“One thing was obvious when Governor Zulum was speaking, in the aftermath of the failed attack. There were supposed to be hundreds of soldiers on ground in Baga; yet, the attack, which could be simply described as mischievous and probably malicious, took place,” he stated. 

According to him, “If the attack was actually carried out by Boko Haram insurgents in Baga – a town that has over 170 soldiers on ground – then, somebody in that command has failed woefully to discharge his responsibility effectively and efficiently. 

“Arewa Online Publishers’ Forum, therefore, demands for a full-blown independent investigation into the unwarranted attack on Governor Babagan Zulum. 

“We urge the Federal Government to set up a high-powered independent investigative panel with a retired senior officer of the DMI, Military Police or Police as chairman and the membership of the panel comprising of SSS, NIA, Police and senior media officers to investigate the attack on the governor, because from the video clips we watched on how Governor Zulum’s security men battled to save him from the attackers, and the fact that there were over 170 soldiers located in Baga, there is more to this attack. Enough is enough!,” he echoed.

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