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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Borno Emirs return home, two years after fleeing from Boko Haram onslaught


No fewer than five emirs in Borno State forced out of their domain by Boko Haram
insurgents have returned to their palaces.

According to sources, the emirs fled to Maiduguri two years ago when the insurgents took control of their communities in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of the state. 

The insurgents took control of the area in August 2015 and announced the establishment of a Caliphate, forcing residents, including the emirs to flee. 

However, three others, including the Emir of Bama, Kyari El-Kanemi, Emir of Dikwa, Muhammad Ibn Masta, and Chief of Gwoza, Muhammad Timta, at the time of this report, were yet to return from Maiduguri, where they reside. 

The insurgents were however dislodged by the military which took control of the area and restored normalcy. 

Two of the emirs, Muhammadu Askirama of Askira, and Ismaila Mamza of Uba, returned to their respective palaces yesterday in company of Borno Deputy Governor, Mamman Durkuwa. 

Speaking at a short ceremony at their palaces, the emirs commended the Nigerian military for their gallantry in routing the Boko Haram terrorists. 

They expressed optimism that terrorism would end soon in the country, going by the successes being recorded by the military. 

Mr. Durkuwa assured the emirs that the government would undertake projects to restore life back to the area. 

The deputy governor urged residents to be law abiding and report any sign of security threat to relevant agencies.

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