Barely 18 hours after the deadly attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, June 8, 2017 defied the presumed security threat, paying a one-day working visit to the troubled town.
The acting president, who is in the state to commence the distribution of 30,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-east, landed at the Maiduguri International Airport in a presidential jet at about 12:30pm.
The acting president was received by the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, members of the state executive council, traditional rulers and politicians.
It was observed that security was beefed up across the town, with heavily armed personnel from the army, navy, airforce, police, DSS, immigration and other para-military agencies deployed in major roads and streets.
Similarly, several Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) were stationed in all the routes the acting president is expected to take, with assault helicopters and military fighter jets providing aerial surveillance.
Buhari Defeats Boko Haram?
Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world.
The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony.
Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.
Additional reports by ThisDay.