Mainok Attack: Fear God while deploying arms to troops - Gov Zulum Tell military

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Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum has reacted to the recent attack that claimed over 50 life of Nigerian soldiers in Borno state.

Governor Zulum gave his admonition while reacting to the Sunday evening attack on a military base in Mainok, a community 55km west of Maiduguri.

Omokoshanan learn from military source that over 50 soldiers died and many injured in the attack on 156 Task Force Battalion in Mainok, were military were taken by surprised by the terrorist.

Speaking about the sad incident, military told Omokoshaban that the terrorist target the highly calibre of weapon recently deployed to the war front by the army.

“It is so sad that the T72 battle tank that was escorted from Lagos has fallen into the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists,” one of them said, a claim Premium Times has not been able to verify.

Some security sources said the authorities were forwarned of the attack by some non-military security sources but the soldiers did not respond on time due to the usual military regimented bureaucracy in the chain of command.

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According to the statement issued by Mr Zulum’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, the governor urged “all stakeholders at the highest levels, to continually approach equipping and supporting front line troops with the fear of God, bearing in mind that everyone will one day account for his or her doing or misdoing.”

Describing the incident as a setback, Governor Zulum said he was “seriously disturbed by the incident, especially given the fact that the insurgents have ceaselessly operated along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, impacting on the safety of travellers and residents.”

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The governor also called on the military, other armed forces and volunteers at the battlefronts “to remain resolute”.


“Governor Zulum sympathised with the families of all that died in the Sunday attack even as he described them as heroes, who died protecting the people of Borno and defending Nigeria’s sovereignty.

“Regardless of what happened in Mainok and how it happened as we collectively review the incident, we must first, and importantly, recognise that those soldiers who lost their lives at the weekend were fellow Nigerians; they were parents of children who are now orphans, husbands to wives who are now widows, and loved ones to families and friends now bereaved.

“They were soldiers of our armed forces who chose, out of love for our country, to risk their lives in trying to keep us as safe and to protect the sovereignty of our country.

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“We mourn these heroic soldiers and anyone caught at the unfortunate setback in Mainok. We salute these fallen soldiers for their immeasurable sacrifices and we pray for the repose of their souls.

“We mourn with the families of these soldiers; we share their grief, commiserate with them and commiserate with the Nigerian military."

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