Emirs who fled Boko Haram insurgency returns

Boko Haram insurgency seem to be reaching its totem end as prominent indigenes of Bornu State begin to return to their state. Prominent amongst these are emirs of Bornu State scattered in different Local Government areas.

Some of the emirs vacated their traditional homelands; some out of Bornu State, others to Maiduguri, the state capital. They fled when attacks by Boko Haram gained momentum. However, two out of the five emirs have returned to their palaces.

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According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the emirs fled about 24 months ago when Boko Haram overran Askira/Uba Local Government Area of the state.

Recall that Boko Haram took complete control of the area and declared a caliphate. They later plged allegiance to ISIS in faraway Middle East. Most residents fled the scene, including the emirs.

The insurgents were nevertheless dislodged in the operation Lafiya Dole operations launched by members of the Nigerian Military.

Two emirs, Alhaji Muhammadu Askirama of Askira, and Alhaji Ismaila Mamza of Uba, went back to their palaces last week in a convoy including that of the Deputy Governor of Bornu State, Alhaji Mamman Durkuwa.

A ceremony held at the respective palaces of the emirs saw the emirs eulogizing the bravery and galantary of the Nigerian armed forces in routing the insurgents. The emirs expressed their gratitude to the commander in chief of the armed forces for doing the needful.

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In response, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mamman, reassured the emirs that the government would initiate projects that will restore economic activities in their locale.

NAN reports that three other emirs yet to return to their domain include the Emir of Bama, Alhaji Kyari El-Kanemi, Emir of Dikwa, Muhammad Ibn Masta, and Chief of Gwoza Alhaji Muhammad Timta. The three are still residing in Maiduguri, the state capital.