Babagana Zulum wants soldiers to restrategise in protecting people in the Northeast region who have come under Boko haram attacks in recent times.
About 30 persons were said to have been killed when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked passengers in Auno, a town 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
TheCable reported that the passengers who were en route to Maiduguri were attacked around 10pm on Sunday.
An aide to Babagana Zulum, Dogo Shettima, said the insurgents burnt about 18 vehicles during the attack.
They were also said to have abducted many persons, including women and children.
Zulum visited the scene on Monday morning and restated the commitment of relevant authorities to ending the insurgency.
Addressing Sunday Igbinomwanhia, garrison commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, at the scene of the incident on Monday, Zulum expressed concern that the army has not established a military base in Auno.
“We have to be brutal in telling the truth. I am pushed to the wall to say the truth. Since I was inaugurated as governor of Borno state, Boko Haram has attacked Auno six times. Another thing is that the military has withdrawn from Auno town,” he was reported to have said, raising his voice.
President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated families of victims
While condemning the ‘terrorists’ cowardly’ attack on innocent passengers, he said his administration was more determined to frustrate their goal to hold Nigeria to ransom.
The government would protect the lives of Nigerians not be derailed by the “cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people by Boko Haram terrorists, the statement stated.
He said as the armed forces continue to receive more hardware and intelligence to counter the current security challenges, the remnants of Boko Haram would ultimately be crushed.
In the meantime, the Nigerian Army said it has rescued students of Federal Government Girls College, Maiduguri, who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.
Olusegun Adeniyi, theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, announced this while presenting the rescued victims to their families in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Monday.
He said the students, comprising a male and two females, were abducted on Maiduguri-Gubio road on Sunday.
He identified the rescued students as Wommi Laja, Ammo Laja and Kingi Laja, adding that they were rescued after a gun duel with the insurgents.