Boko Haram: Aminu Hails Shettima

13 Nov 2012

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 Alhaji Kashim Shettima

Michael Olugbode

Former military administrator of Borno State, Col. Abdul-Mumuni Aminu (rtd.), has praised the effort of the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, in addressing the menace of the Boko Haram sect in the state.

The commendation also came on a day Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State announced the re-imposition of a 12-hour curfew on Damaturu, the state capital and three other towns due to renewed attacks from members of the Boko Haram sect.

However, Aminu, who spoke during a condolence visit on the people over the murder of Major General Muhammadu Shuwa (rtd.), said Shettima had handled the problem with great commitment and maturity.

He said: “I have been following the trend of events in Borno State even though I have not been here. I have always been interested in what happens here as a former administrator and I will say that first, the crisis is unfortunate but from my analysis, Governor Kashim Shettima has been very wise to identify unemployment as top priority with special attention to agriculture. He was smart because I think he was the first to publicly establish this important link and he has been very consistent and this is important.”

Meanwhile, the imposition of the curfew followed an emergency security council meeting, which Gaidam had with the military Joint Task Force (JTF) and the Police at the Government House, Damaturu.

The three other towns are Buni/Yadi, Geidam and Gashua, which had suffered series of attacks in the past one week.

THISDAY checks revealed the curfew was re-imposed, following the recent incessant attacks and killings that claimed 13 lives and property put at several millions of Naira by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect in Fika, Buni/Yadi and Gashua towns.

The curfew, according to a statement, by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to the governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, takes effect between 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

The curfew, which was declared on November 11, 2012, according to him, would be in effect until the security situation improves in the state.

Gaidam, in a statement said: “The imposition of the curfew was reached at the security meeting with the military Joint Task Force (JTF) and the Police here at the Government House, because people’s life and property must be protected from the Boko Haram insurgency. This administration is also fully committed to overcoming the security challenges, as government continue to support JTF and other security agencies.

“We urged the people to continue cooperating with the security task force and police by providing useful information on the modus operandi and hideouts of criminals that kill innocent citizens without any course.”
The statement also stated that the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. curfew in Potiskum, still remain along with Damaturu, the state capital and three other towns of Buni/Yadi, Geidam and Gashua

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