The former President noted that Nigeria has the capacity to produce enough to feed its citizens, but added that insurgency in the Northern region, the country’s food basket, is adversely affecting food production and security.
Troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army, has rescued 998 Boko Haam captives from Ndufu, Muktu and Muzuri villages in Ngala, Borno State after engaging the terrorists in a fierce gun battle.
“Our goal was for our people to be able to return to Bama before this Ramadan. Unfortunately, this is not feasible because the military is still carrying out operations in some areas around the Sambisa as part of mop up exercise in the yet to be concluded fight against Boko Haram,” said Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has said it planned to spend $4 million in its intervention programmes in the insurgency-hit North East Nigeria.
The attack occurred at Mandarari ward in Konduga Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night, claiming the lives of seven people, including the two attackers.
Trial judge, Fadawu Umar, also ruled that in addition to the jail terms, the convicts are to pay a fine of N2 million each.
Three female suspected suicide bombers were on Monday killed in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, after they tried to infiltrate the city and cause havoc.
15-year-old Fatima Mohammed Kabir, confessed to have been married to factional Boko Haram leader, Mamman Nur, while the other girl, 14-year-old Amina Salisu, also admitted being married to two separate Boko Haram fighters in the Sambisa forest.
Eight of the suspects were said to have died on Wednesday, same day the army released to the Borno state government some of the detainees whom it said had been cleared of involvement in insurgency.
Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Jose da Silva, on Friday said that in Nigeria alone, about $191 million is required for over 2.5 million people that have been rendered food-insecure as a result of the Boko Haram crisis.