Zulum gifts family of murdered CJTF N10 million, others

By Suru Charles

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has approved the release of N10m to the family of the gruesomely murdered commander of the ‘Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

Also observed to have been made available for the bereaved family of the deceased by the governor, was a house.

The deceased commander, Babagana Mallam Tela, who was fondly called Kadau, as noticed by The Trumpet, was the overall commander of the ‘Civilian JTF’ in Bama local government council, before he was killed by Boko Haram in June, 2022.

The ‘Civilian JTF’ is a prominent volunteer group of combat-ready youths, famous for using their local understanding of Borno’s terrain to fight Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.

The ‘Civilian JTF’ works closely with the Nigerian military and has members operating under sectors modelled after military battalions.

The governor, during his meeting with counter-insurgency volunteers in Bama during the weekend, was observed to have paid tribute to Tela, who according to him, has paid the supreme price in defence of Borno and Nigeria at large.

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Zulum, who also took his time visiting the family of the deceased, directed for the immediate release of N10 million for the family’s upkeep.

He also directed the family to open an account with joint signatories, to which the money was going to be paid.

More to his gesture for the family, the governor was also noticed to have directed that a house worth another N10m be purchased for the bereaved family immediately.

As that was not enough, all the children left behind by the deceased are to be awarded Borno state government’s scholarship throughout their education which he described as a “very small reward for all that Kadau did in his contributions to returning peace in Bama and by extension, Borno State and Nigeria.”

Before the directives, the governor, as observed by The Trumpet, had earlier made a donation of cash, food and textiles to all 683 volunteers involved in fighting Boko Haram in Bama.

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