Sunday, 13th June 2021: Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has said that Boko Haram insurgents are offering as low as N5,000 to N10,000 to recruit spies and weapon smugglers in the state.
The governor stated this in a statewide broadcast to commemorate 2021 Democracy Day and his second anniversary in office.
“From records, we have experienced instances when insurgents offered as low as between 5,000 and 10,000 Naira to recruit some spies and smugglers of weapons. We therefore needed to take steps ahead by making sure we regularly visit IDPs in all parts of Borno, including remote locations, to efficiently and sufficiently deliver food, cash support, and clothing.” He stated.
The governor, however, added that “Borno has thousands of volunteers who are being paid monthly allowances, provided with kits and vehicles to complement the military in the fight against Boko Haram, continually supports IDPs and vulnerable citizens with cash to strengthen their resilience to Boko Haram manipulations.”
He added: “As part of that commitment, we, from our first day in office, made security our number one priority. My first activity as Governor of Borno State was to interface with the head of the military involved in the fight against insurgents.
“In our combined approach, we took aggressive steps of recruiting thousands of hunters from different parts of northern Nigeria, mobilised and deployed them to accelerate our support for the military.
“We made it a policy that in all our 27 local government areas, volunteers were strengthened with additional recruitment, surveillance vehicles and other gadgets.”
Zulum also told the people of the states that efforts of his administration have yielded many positive results in the fight against Boko haram and other insurgent activities in the state.