The government of Borno State has begun the massive fumigation and clearing of drainage of areas within the state capital Maiduguri previously under the stranglehold of the Islamist sect Boko Haram sect, even as the government call on fleeing residents of the town, who had been held hostage by the outlawed sect, to return to their homes.
During a visit at the weekend to some of the erstwhile deserted areas, the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha, and his team were cheered as they rode through the streets.
Speaking on the situation, Mustapha said: “As you can see life has returned to Maiduguri and those that fled these areas who were dens of the Boko Haram sect have returned. I cannot but appeal to those that fled at the peak of the crisis to return back to their homes as their security is now assured and the insurgents have either been captured or are fleeing.”
Mustapha praised the effort of the youth vigilante group and the Joint Task Force (JTF), who have both collaborated to check the excesses of the sect.
He also assured the returnees that the state government will quicken the evacuation and clearing of the drainage and cut the outgrown weeds so that the areas can be once again habitable.
Mustapha also gave his word that the vandalised electrical transformers would be immediately replaced, and that the government would continue to work with both the youth vigilante group and the JTF to ensure that the gained ground in terms of security is not lost.