Civilian JTF Faults Senator Zanna, Says Bama Not Captured By Boko Haram
…. Says 130 Boko Haram Killed In Battle For Bama
SAN FRANCISCO, September 02, (THEWILL) - The Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) helping the military in flushing out Boko Haram elements in Borno State Tuesday faulted a statement credited to the senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly, Senator Ahmed Zanna, that Boko Haram had overrun Bama, saying there was no iota of truth in the statement.
The youth vigilante group maintained that it was the insurgents that suffered heavy casualties with 130 of their members killed and 35 others arrested in the over five hours battle with the military.
Dismissing Zanna's claim at a media briefing in Maiduguri, the state capital, JTF spokesperson , Jibrin Gunda, said: “We categorically refute the statement credited to Senator Ahmed Zanna, the senator representing Borno central on BBC Hausa Service that Boko Haram has captured Bama.
'News has filtered in, most especially, on foreign media to which we want to clearly state that, our security personnel are doing their best and yesterday our gallant soldiers successfully repelled the insurgents who attacked Bama and Bama as a town in Borno State has never been overrun or overtaken by the insurgents even for a minute; even as of now, our soldiers are in full control of the town.'
Gunda added: 'In view of this, we categorically deny and disassociate ourselves from an interview granted to some foreign media by one Senator Ahmed Zanna as what he stated is not the true facts on ground. More so, the interview he granted has contributed instilling fears in the minds of citizens of Borno State and residents of Maiduguri in particular.'
He therefore advised residents of the state not to panic, saying : 'We want to re-assure the citizens of Borno State that, nobody should leave Maiduguri because all that been said are mere rumours as such people should be calm as the Nigerian security forces are capable, willing and competent to discharge their duties. 'All citizens should desist from making unguided and false information which frighten the citizens unnecessarily.'
While insisting that the military is at its best in the ongoing battle to repel the insurgents, Gunda urged President Goodluck Jonathan to do all in his powers to support the Armed Forces in the terror fight.
'We equally wish and call on Mr. President to take seriously and bring to book personalities mentioned in the report of Dr. Steven Davis if doing so will help in bringing the Boko Haram to an end, as Nigeria is superior and better than any person in the country,' Gunda stated.