Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Monday night visited soldiers injured during a fierce battle, on Friday, between troops and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Rann, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon, in Kala Balge, Local Government Area in the central part Borno State.
Zulum interacted with and consoled all the affected soldiers in Army Hospital at Maimalari Barracks, located in Maiduguri. He was received by the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Army, Brig Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo.
The Governor directed the release of N5m which was immediately shared to all soldiers on admission, including those unconnected with the Kala-Balge battle.
Accompanied by the state assembly member, representing Kala Balge, and commissioners for Justice and Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Governor Zulum consoled the soldiers, thanked and commended them for their gallantry and patriotism.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, had in a press statement, disclosed that the insurgents mouted gun trucks and motorcycles and attacked troops deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Rann, during which the troops gallantly killed 26 and captured the terrorists’ combat vehicles, 18 AK 47 rifles and one M-21 rifle with large quantity of ammunition. Several other equipment were also destroyed by own troops, the military added.
The troops forced the insurgents “to abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray”, even though “regrettably, two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price, while three personnel sustained gunshot wounds” and were moved to the hospital.