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Protest by Gwoza Survivors

About 1,000 people gathered to in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Saturday to protest over alleged abandonment by the federal and state governments.

Reportedly, the protesters were largely made up of survivors of Boko Haram attacks on Gwoza, and families of Gwoza residents who are still trapped in the local government.

According to Premium Times, scores of soldiers and armed police officers tried to prevent the protesters from embarking on their rally.

One of the protesters, a young man who is about 26 years of age, was shot allegedly by a police officer, and is at present in critical condition at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

A woman who was emotionally laden fainted as she wailed over her killed children and family members

Despite the presence and actions of the security officials, the protesters got to the government house in Maiduguri.

The protesters were allowed to go into the deputy governor’s office, where they insisted on being addressed by the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

While the protesters waited for the governor, his deputy, Zannah Mustapha, arrived to address the angry residents. However, the protesters said they would only listen to the governor.

“We voted for the governor and not his deputy,” many of the protesters said in Hausa language.

Some of the protesters yelled while lamenting their situation: “They’ve burned down the entire Gwoza; emir’s palace, local government secretariat, police station. Most people are on top of the Mandara mountains of Gwoza. They are starving.”

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