By Ed Malik, A / September 12, 2022

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has approved the release of N10m, a house to the bereaved family and scholarship to the children of late Babagana Mallam Tela famously called Kadau who was overall commander of the ‘Civilian JTF (CJTF) in Bama Local Government Area, before he was killed by Boko Haram in June, 2022.

The CJTF is a prominent volunteer group of combat ready youths that emerged to fulfil the gap in local intelligence gathering and security and are famous for using their local understanding of Borno’s terrain to push back the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.

The Civilian JTF works closely with the Nigerian military and has members operating under sector command formations modeled after military battalions. Kadau was commander of “sector one” in Bama before he was ambushed by Boko Haram, while his team went on routine patrol outside Bama town.

Governor Zulum had in the meeting with counter-insurgency volunteers in Bama during the week, expressed glowing tribute to Kadau, saying he paid the supreme price in defense of Borno and Nigeria.

Before leaving Bama on Thursday evening, the Borno governor visited the home of the deceased Kadau to register his condolence with the family, though he had previously sent representatives to comfort them.

The Governor directed the release of N10m for the family’s upkeep over a period of time. He advised that the family open an account with joint signatories, where the N10M from the government will be paid into.

Furthermore, he directed that a house worth about N10m be purchased for Kadau’s family to enable them get relief from paying rent in the absence of their bread winner.

Importantly, Governor Zulum approved the award of State scholarship to the children of the deceased 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”.

Governor Zulum had also offered cash, food and textiles to all 683 CJTF volunteers involved in fighting Boko Haram in Bama and said, he applauds their sacrifice to the government and people of Borno State.

In June 2019, the governor had increased the monthly allowances of all volunteers and approved procurement of more vehicles and security gadgets for them, across the State.

And in order to boost the manpower base of the CJTF, the governor also approved massive recruitment of local hunters to join volunteer groups and to be deployed to their communities to complement the efforts of armed forces in the fight against terrorism.

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