Bama residents raise 5,000 men to secure town

The indigenes of Bama have donated 5,000 men to secure the town against any form of aggression; just as the Multinational Joint Task Force has killed 15 Boko Haram members during a gun battle in Abadam.

Both Bama and Abadam are towns in Borno State.

The indigenes also said they had raised funds to support the state government in financing the ongoing reconstruction of the town.

Bama, the second largest town in Borno State, is regarded as the worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, as hundreds of structures have been razed to the ground.

Addressing newsmen in Bama, the indigenes, under the auspices of Bama Elders Forum and led by Hon. Al-Amin Kamsalem, said they support the ongoing reconstruction plan of Bama by the Borno State Government.

Kamsalem, who was a former commissioner in the state and erstwhile chairman of Bama local government, leading other prominent indigenes to the press conference said: “All the professional indigenes of Bama, especially in the building and construction industry, are going to render free service towards the rebuilding of Bama.

“We are going to contribute financially, morally and spiritually towards the rebuilding of Bama and the continued peace of the town. We are completely behind the governor.”

He also said that Bama elders and the people of the community have mobilised themselves to secure the town.

“We have civilian JTF, local hunters and vigilantes already willing to protect the town against aggressors. All these people are ready to complement the security agencies. Again, we are spiritual people and we will continue to pray for God’s continued protection on the town.

“We have donated 5,000 men to guard against any form of aggression on Bama; these are local hunters and civilian JTF,” Kamsalem said.

Kamsalem, who commended the governor’s commitment to the rebuilding of the state and resettlement of the victims of Boko Haram insurgency, said the governor had shown with his relocation to Bama to superintend the ongoing reconstruction work his exemplary leadership qualities.

He expressed the willingness of the people of the town to return home once the ongoing reconstruction exercise is completed.

Meanwhile, the troops of the Nigerian Army and their counterparts from the Multinational Joint Task Force have killed 15 Boko Haram members during a gun battle with the insurgents in Borno State.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a late night statement on Thursday that the troops also lost two men while four others were wounded in the attack that took place in Abadam.

He said the bodies of the deceased soldiers and those injured had been evacuated from the battle front.

Usman said the troops killed the insurgents while repelling an attack on their location by the Boko Haram on Thursday.

He said that several other Boko Haram members escaped with gunshot wounds in the attack that lasted over two hours.

According to him, the troops recovered some weapons and ammunition from the insurgents which included a gun truck, a 60mm mortar tube, seven 60mm mortar bombs, a general purpose machine gun, three damaged AK 47 rifles, and four bandoliers of anti-aircraft rounds of ammunition.

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