Governors meet Wednesday over security challenges as 36 more bodies discovered in Zabarmari

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Governors of the 36 states in Nigeria will on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, meet to review the nation’s security challenges and economy.

The Head of Media and Public Affairs, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo made this known in a statement on Monday.

“The 22nd NGF Teleconference meeting will hold on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020 with governors of the 36 states seeking to evolve a new national security order that will ensure the safety of lives and property nationwide.

“As part of the effort, beginning at the sub-national level, the Forum will be receiving zonal updates on SARS and internal security at its Wednesday meeting. Similarly, the Forum will also revisit the issue of CACOVID palliatives with updates on its current status in all the states.

“Three groups will be making presentations, top of which will be a joint effort between the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, discussing how to access pension funds for infrastructure development in the country.

“The resolutions and matters arising from the just concluded 26th Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) summit will also feature at the meeting, just as the last but not the least presentation of the day will dwell on the medium- and long-term national development agenda by the Core Working Group (CWG) of the Human Capital Development program of Nigeria,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, troops and operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have recovered at least 35 decomposing bodies in the Zabarmari area of Jere, Borno State Northeast Nigeria, on Monday.

These are different from the 43 originally reported to have been killed by terrorists, taking the confirmed death toll to 78.

The search operation for the remaining victims of Saturday’s gruesome massacre was initially planned for Sunday. The newly discovered victims were buried at the spot because the search team was unable to move the badly decapitated and decomposing bodies.

A member of the civilian vigilante group had on Sunday told our reporter dozens of farmers were still missing. He said a search and rescue exercise for survivors and other deceased victims remained a dangerous task as Boko Haram fighters operated a few kilometres from Zabarmari general area.

Zabarmari is located less than 20 kilometres from the Counter-Insurgency Operation Lafiya Dole command centre in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The attackers had tied and slaughtered their victims and also burnt the farm they were cultivating.

According to the United Nations (UN), at least 110 people were killed during the attack. Several women are also believed to have been kidnapped.