Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State yesterday directed that 1,000 bags of processed wheat and maize as well as assorted drugs should immediately be taken to Banki, Nigeria’s border towns with Cameroun where residents in the state are trapped due to the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency. Many Nigerians in the border towns have been living on little supply as a result of the closure of the Camerounian border with Nigeria due to the outbreak of Ebola virus. Also, attempt to get food supply from major Nigerian town especially Maiduguri, the state capital, has become an almost impossibility as the roads from the area are believed to be infested with landmines by the terrorist group.
Revealing the government decision, Unman Zanna, a member of the Agriculture Transformation Committee of the state government, told journalists in Maiduguri that the governor gave the directive following reports that the people of Banki had run out of food and could not go to Bama because Boko Haram insurgents have blocked the road. He said it was also gathered that the people could not cross over to the villages in Cameroun as a result of stringent measures put in place by the Camerounian authorities which include the closure of the border to contain the spread of Ebola virus.