We Spent Over N10 Billion To Fight Boko Haram- Borno Govt.
The sum of over ten billion naira have since 2011 been expended to
procure Amourd Personnel Carrier (APC) and other logistics support to the
Police and the Military forces, Borno State has said.
In a statement Issued by the Secretary to the State Government,Ambassador
Baba Ahmed Jidda , states that fight against the Boko Haram terrorists has
continued to drain the pause of the stage government.
According to the statement, the Borno state government wouldn't have
made public its financial assistance to the Nigeria forces if not for some
' mischief makers, part of which claim that the State was not supporting
'First of all let me say we were pushed into making public, these things I
am about to say. For three years we dealt with these challenges without
any noise since the Government was doing it for Borno people. Some people
are being made to assume that a certain security vote is provided to State
Governments, this is not true.
' No State gets a dime from FAAC as security vote. Every State makes its
own budget it intends to spend from its own normal allocations, for
security not that external funds froom the Federal Government accrues to
' For us in Borno, we have spent over ten billion naira in the last three
years to support security agencies in the counter-insurgency; this doesn't
include our losses. We have lost thousands of citizens and in terms of
material loss, we might be talking in tens of billions and in all of these
Borno has received only N200m from the Federal Government as support even
we have been co-funding the security that is exclusive preserve of the
' These over ten billion naira has been spent in acquiring and donating
over 20 brand new ultra modern Armoured Personnel Carriers to the Nigeria
Police Force, the Government has acquired and donated about 400 brand new
Toyota Hilux Patrol Vehicles each costing between 6 to 7m, we have a
filling Station that is dedicated to regular fueling of these vehicles,
hundreds of trailers of fuel have obviously been consumed and still being
consumed, we maintain these vehicles, provide material logistics to
troops, we even pay for intelligence through the military by releasing
funds where they request, we have intervened in building hostels in one of
the barracks along Maiduguri-Damaturu road and provided beddings to ease
accommodation problems; we provide funds to families of soldiers killed in
combat as immediate palliative, there were instances we gave one million
naira to families of every soldier at a presentation in Maiduguri. The
only support we have not provided to the military is the acquisition of
ammunition and that is because the laws prevent us from doing so.
The statement added that the state government trained, kitted and employed
thousands of youth volunteers called civilian JTF' who offer tremendous
support to the military in terms of both intelligence gathering and even
combats in front lines. We have provided these youths with patrol
vehicles, pay them stipends, encourage them in other forms and they work
hand in hand with the military. When there was attack on Giwa military
Barack in Maiduguri sometime in March, 2014, these inspired, trained and
kitted youths came out in hundreds and rushed to Giwa barracks to support
soldiers, this was even when gun battles raged at the barracks.'