Zulum gives N5m To Soldiers Injured In Kala-Balge Battle With ISWAP

Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum paid a visit to soldiers injured in a fierce battle between troops and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Rann, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon, in the Kala Balge Local Government Area in the state’s central region, on Monday night.

Zulum, who was met by Brig Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Army, interacted with and consoled all the affected soldiers in the Army Hospital at Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri.

The Governor ordered the release of N5 million, which was instantly distributed to all soldiers on admittance, including those who had no connection to the battle of Kala-Balge.

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Governor Zulum consoled the soldiers, congratulated and commended them for their heroism and patriotism, accompanied by the state assembly member representing Kala Balge and commissioners for Justice, Local Government, and Emirate Affairs.

In a press statement, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, said insurgents mounted gun trucks and motorcycles and attacked troops stationed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Rann, killing 26 and capturing the terrorists’ combat vehicles, 18 AK 47 rifles, and one M-21 rifle, as well as a large quantity of ammunition. The military said that several other types of equipment were also destroyed by their own forces.

Even though “regrettably, two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price, while three people sustained gunshot wounds” and were transferred to the hospital, the military forced the insurgents “to abandon their purpose and leave in disorder.”

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