Borno’s covid-19 response team has accepted and approved a recommendation by Governor Babagan Umara Zulum for the statewide lockdown to be relaxed coming Monday and Thursday for citizens to shop for food, Commissioner of Information, Baba kura Abba Jato announced at the briefing.

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has denied a report that he was against attacked by Boko Haram Terrorists along with his convoy.

Zulum reacted to the report on Sunday through his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in a statement.

The statement said Zulum traveled to Baga area of the state, spent a day there supervising the distribution of food and other relief to thousands of residents and returned to Maiduguri safely with no hitch whatsoever.

It added: “For the record, we write to quickly clarify that contrary to a ‘breaking news’ by an online news medium, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was neither attacked nor was any component of his convoy attacked by anyone.

“The governor was actually in Baga from Saturday to Sunday, during which he supervised the distribution of food and cash support to 5,000 residents and he assessed major reconstruction and resettlement efforts with no hitch whatsoever.


“While we continually accord respect to all media organizations as supportive partners, we importantly clarify that we have no knowledge of the breaking news in question.

“As members of the public can testify, it is the culture and principle of Professor Zulum to say things as they are, and in this case, it is what it is- no attack whatsoever.

“Any media organization that wants further clarification may wish to contact the Nigerian military. Meanwhile, Governor Zulum appreciates all well wishers, and he gratefully commends armed forces and civilian volunteers for the relentless efforts to fully regain lasting peace in Borno State.”

Zulum’s convoy had been attacked not less than twice, with some security aides lost in the process.

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