The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum has visited Damasak community , the Mobbar Local Government Area, of Borno from Thursday to Friday, after the attack that was unleashed on the community on Tuesday by Boko Haram insurgents, out of which 18 persons were killed while 21 were injured.
Governor Zulum spent a night at Damasak to debunk the speculation that the extremists have overran the town.
Zulum who traveled alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno north, who hails from Damasak, member of house of representatives, representing Mobbar, Guzamala, and Abadam, Bukar Gana Kareto and some officials also held operational meeting with soldiers and other security forces. He subsequently gave 12 security vehicles, including armoured personnel carrier(APC), and 11 patrol vehicles to fortify armed and forces in combating insecurity.
Damasak, headquarter of Mobbar local government area in northern Borno, is located in the fringes of Lake Chad, and it shares border with communities in Niger Republic. During his stay in Damasak, Zulum had interactions with soldiers and others forces involved in counter insurgency operations.
During his visit, the Governor interacted with residents, empathized with them, assessed the ruins caused by insurgents and confirmed from residents that 18 people had died while 21 persons were injured.
The UN humanitarian hub, private residential houses, a police station, palace of the district head, a primary healthcare centre, and a GSM village were among property destroyed.
Following his visit, TOS News gathered that multitude of residents who had fled to Niger republic returned on Friday.
According to the residents, Tuesday’s attack on Damasak was the sixth in two weeks.
While he has directed the strengthening of agricultural activities in Damasak to enhance food security, the governor has therefore assured the residents of robust measures being put in place to avoid future attacks.