Boko Haram: Troops to guard Maiduguri Hajj camp.

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

The 7 Divi­sion of the Nige­rian Army, Maiduguri is to de­ploy a bat­tal­ion of troops to the Borno State Mus­lim pil­grims camp to se­cure this year’s 1700 in­tend­ing pil­grims from the state from at­tacks by Boko Haram mil­i­tants.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Borno State Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, Al­haji Aja­gana Bukar, made this an­nounce­ment in a chat with Daily Trust in Maiduguri, yes­ter­day, as­sur­ing that as the air­lift for this year’s Hajj com­mences on 10th Au­gust, the in­tend­ing pil­grims would be prop­erly se­cured at the camp, the screen­ing cen­tre and the air­port un­til they were air­borne.

“This fol­lows our se­ries of meet­ings with all the se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state to plead with them to se­cure the in­tend­ing pil­grims up to the board­ing point,” Bukar said.

In­spect­ing the in­oc­u­la­tion ex­er­cise of the in­tend­ing pil­grims in the Maiduguri me­trop­o­lis, the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary said that ev­ery in­tend­ing pil­grim would be in­oc­u­lated to avoid the Saudi Au­thor­i­ties’ in­ces­sant ac­cu­sa­tions that Nige­rian pil­grims of­ten pre­tended to have been in­oc­u­lated and pre­sented their Yel­low Cards to the Saudi of­fi­cials.

The ex­er­cise is tak­ing place si­mul­ta­ne­ously in North­ern and South­ern Borno. The in­tend­ing pil­grims in the five lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Biu, Bayo, Shani, Hawul and Kwaya-Kusar in South­ern Borno are be­ing in­oc­u­lated in Biu, while their coun­ter­parts from the re­main­ing 22 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas are hav­ing theirs in Maiduguri.

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