Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima yesterday adopted three children of one of the 22 policemen killed Boko Haram’s coordinated attacks on various security formations in Bama Local Government area of the state.
The adopted kids, Saviour, Emmanuel and John lost both parents in the Tuesday morning attacks when the invaders stormed the Bama mobile police barracks.
The siblings were presented to the governor by top police officials when he visited various scenes of the incident as well as 35 mobile squad base, where families and relations of slain police personnel are being sheltered following the destruction of their barracks by the rampaging terrorists.
The Governor, who was visibly moved by the plight of the victims, urged them to consider the incident as an Act of God.
Shettima, who was led by the Bama Police Area Commander, ACP Sagir Abubakar, to the refugee camp which has 300 Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs), mostly women and children, appealed for calm just as he equally donated N5 million to the relations and families of the slain police officers as a palliative measure to cushion their sufferings.
The governor said: “It is not easy to lose a soul, but the case of these children is quite different as they lost their parents. For this, I am personally adopting them and will treat them as my own children. In fact from now on, they will be under my care, their feeding, education, shelter and other needs will be under my responsibility.”
ACP Abubakar thanked the governor for the gesture, adding that the police are ever ready to continue partnering with the state government to bring an end to the insurgency.
He also told the governor that the whereabouts of the Divisional Police Office (DPO) remained unknown as he was neither found dead or alive and that contact with him was still not established.
The governor later returned to the Government House in the evening in company of the adopted kids after he visited the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi’s palace.