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Osinbajo braves terror, arrives Maiduguri despite recent Boko Haram attack


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Buhari, Maiduguri

Barely 18 hours after the deadly attacks by the Boko Haram insurgenst in Maiduguri, the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday defied the presumed security threat as he arrived the city for a one-day working visit.

The acting president is expected to flag-off the distribution of 30,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the north east.

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He landed at the Maiduguri International Airport in a presidential jet at about 12:30pm.

Mr Osinbajo was received by Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, members of the state executive council, traditional rulers and politicians.

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DAILY NIGERIAN observed that security was beefed up across the town, with heavily armed security personnel from the army, navy, air force, police, SSS, immigration and other para-military agencies deployed at the major roads and streets.

Similarly several Armored Personnel Carriers, APC, armored tanks were equally stationed on all the roads where Mr Osinbajo is expected to pass, with assault helicopters and military fighter jets providing aerial surveillance.

The town was shutdown as commercial and social activities were scuttled.

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Shortly after his arrival, Mr Osinbajo headed to the palace of Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi, where he paid homage.

He told the monarch that the distribution of the grains was part of the federal government’s intervention to address the feeding problem of the IDPs.

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The acting president later moved to the store of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, for the flag-off  of the distribution program.

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