Gov. Zulum mourn soldiers, donates N5 million to wounded troops
By Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has mourned seven soldiers killed Friday in Rann, the Council headquarters of Kala/Balge and a border community with Cameroon.
The troops were attacked by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Rann’s Forward Operational Base (FOB), neutralising seven soldiers with the injure of three personnel.
While mourning soldiers and sympathizing with the wounded Monday at Army Hospital, Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri, he directed the release of N5 million to the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brig-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo.
He said the donated funds be immediately shared to all the soldiers on admission in the hospital, including the ones unconnected with the Kala/Balge attack.
Zulum thanked the soldiers for protecting over 5,000 displaced persons in camp and border communities.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement yesterday, in Maiduguri, disclosed that the terrorists mounted gun trucks and motorcycles to attack troops’ Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Rann.
He however; said that the troops killed 26 terrorists and captured the insurgents’ combat vehicles, including 18 AK-47 rifles, M-21 rifle and large quantity of ammunition.
Nwachukwu added that the troops also forced the terrorists to abandon their mission and withdrew in disarray towards the border areas with Cameroon.
He however noted that two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme to protect Rann and other border communities.
According to him, three wounded Army personnel have been evacuated and taken to a hospital for treatment.