Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum was at two hospitals on Wednesday, after Boko Haram fighters fired shots from Rocket Propelled Grenades, which killed ten residents and injured 47 in Maiduguri.
According to a source who spoke with newsmen, Boko Haram fired 10 rockets into the heart of Maiduguri that killed nine boys who were playing football at Gwange, near the house of the Late General Mamman Shuwa.
One person was killed and many injured in Adamkolo near the Shehu of Borno’s palace from the rockets.
The shots, on Tuesday night, came from Kaleri, an outskirt of Maiduguri, it was learned, but grenades travelled to hit Gwange and Adam kolo communities, both densely populated areas in the inner city. Most of the deaths occurred in Gwange.
Zulum confirming the attacks paid an empathy visit to the State Specialist Hospital, and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, both in Maiduguri. The governor was told that some of the victims had sustained various degrees of injuries and were being treated, for which he directed that the state ministry of health shoulders the bills.
“Indeed it is a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state. About 60 persons were affected, among them, ten have died. It was as a result of long-distance shots fired by the insurgents. I believe this is a new trend we have to raise up and stop. We experienced a similar incident exactly one year ago. The solution is to deploy an appropriate form of technology, which will have to work on. I share the pains of all those affected but we are not just visiting hospitals, we do so much behind the scene in our combined responses to the Boko Haram insurgency and we will keep making these and more efforts” Zulum said.
Speaking on the military regaining Marte, which came under Boko Haram’s occupation a few days ago, Zulum said he was not just pleased but also optimistic that the Nigerian military will work had to retain, continue its peace-building and stability efforts in ways that would ensure the insurgents do not take Marte again, or any part of the state.
“I am optimistic that the insurgents will not take over Marte again,” Zulum said.
The terrorists tried to capitalize on the confusion to invade the city but fighter jets and helicopter gunships were scrambled into the air and surface troops stood their ground to repel the attacks.