Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state has yesterday presented 20
Toyota Hilux patrol vehicles to Nigerian Army fight Boko Haram
insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the North-East.
The state government also donated four refurbished patrol vehicles to
members of Yobe State Vigilante Group (YSVG) that assists troops in
the counterinsurgency operations since 2013.
Presenting the vehicles on Thursday in Damaturu to the Chief of Army
Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, who handed them over to Theatre
Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, said he
would support the Army to flush out remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.
“The Army did not ask for the vehicles, but I saw it necessary to
continue supporting them considering the remarkable achievements made
so far,” declared Gaidam yesterday.
He also urged Buratai to ensure that the vehicles are used for the
According to him, the vehicles were procured at the cost of N350
million. He also commended the efforts of members of vigilante group
in fighting Boko Haram insurgency that had already claimed many lives
“I hailed the vigilance groups for their resilience, despite
challenges of fighting along with troops in the front lines of Gujba
and Gulani council areas of Yobe,” he said.
He described them as worthy partners in the fight against Boko Haram.
Gaidam announced a New Year bonus for members of YSVG, and directed
the Secretary to the State Government to compile comprehensive list
and send to him for approval.
Commander of YSVG, Tela Sarkin Baka, thanked the government for the
gesture and promised to support the Army in fighting insurgency and
terrorism in the state.
Responding, Buratai hailed Gaidam for the gesture, stating; “On behalf
of the Army, I thank you for these vehicles. This is one of the
numerous assistance your administration has been giving us.
“You have been providing us with logistics, and provided lands to
build Army Barracks on Potiskum Road, the Special School in Buni Yadi,
In support of fallen heroes, N20 million was also raised at the launch
of the Armed Forces Emblem and Appeal week.
Governor Gaidam, who chaired the event yesterday at Government House,
Damaturu donated N12 million on behalf of government, and N1 million
He said: “This event is part of our drive towards remembering and
appreciating the valuable contributions of our soldiers who fought in
World War I and II.
“The week-long celebration is, therefore, an opportunity to offer
special prayers for the repose of the souls of our fallen heroes. We
pay tributes to them and raise funds towards assisting their off
Chairman of Yobe State Legion, Capt. Ladi Gadime (rtd) commended the
governor for the support.
He pleaded that land, fertilizers and irrigation pump machines are
provided for members of the legion to help them engaged in
Abubakar Aliyu, the deputy governor also donated N500,000; Speaker,
House of Assembly, Adamu Dala Dogo gave N250,000; House of Assembly
N1.2 million, while members of the State Executive Council (SEC)
topped N800,000 to the appeal fund week.