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‘They Died As Heroes’: Zulum Condoles With Families Of Deceased Policemen, Civilian Fighters

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.


The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has met with families of policemen and civilian JTF volunteers who were ambushed on Friday while on their way to Baga as security backup.

He visited the headquarters of the state police command in Maiduguri on Monday where the bereaved families gathered to receive him.

During the visit, the Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi, listed the names of his deceased personnel.

According to him, some of the affected officers are Mba Mathew, Ibrahim Muhammad, David Jarta, Jerry Joseph, John Barka, Elijah Gwarza, Eheboya Osaheinde, and Nura Aminu.

Meanwhile, the wives of the slain officers have appealed to the governor for support during the trying moment.

On his part, the governor vowed to support the families in every way possible.

He, however, did not announce details of the support as he explained that nothing equals the value of the lives of those killed.

“I am purposely here to sympathise and condole with you our brothers and sisters the families of our deceased policemen. It is very unfortunate that the incident happened. May Almighty God in his infinite mercy forgive and reward them for their sacrifices and may He grant you the strength to bear the fortitude of this huge loss that is for all of us” he said.

“It is so sad, looking at what happened. It is quite unfortunate and I am pained by that incident. However, those men died as heroes, as patriots and as people that have brought honour to their families even though we never wished that it happened”.

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“Insha’ Allah we shall do everything possible to support the families. The education of their children is very important in addition to the support for their means of livelihood.”

After meeting with the families, the governor also visited the state specialist hospital in Maiduguri to check on those injured from the ambush.

Conducting the governor round, Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Laraba Bello explained that eight injured persons were brought to the hospital on Sunday, which included a policeman and seven CJTF members from whom five had been treated and discharged while the remaining three were said to have started responding to treatment.

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