The governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, has given his approval for the release of N10 million and a house to the grieving family of Babagana Mallam Tela, the CJTF commander who was killed by Boko Haram terrorists.
Before being assassinated by Boko Haram in June 2022, Tela, popularly known as “Kadau” for his valor, served as the CJTF Commander in Bama, one of the liberated settlements in Borno.
N10,000, a house, and a scholarship are approved by Governor Zulum for the family of a CJTF commander murdered in Borno by Boko Haram.
A well-known volunteer squad of combat-ready youngsters known as the “Civilian JTF” is renowned for exploiting its intimate knowledge of Borno’s geography to attack Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
The governor directed the release of N10 million for the upkeep of the family over a period of time. He directed them to open an account with joint signatories, to which the money would be credited,” the statement read.
“Zulum also directed that a house worth another N10 million be purchased for Kadau’s bereaved family so that they should stop paying rent.
“Zulum further directed that children of the late commander be awarded state government’s scholarship throughout their education.
“The governor described the gesture as ‘small reward’ for his contributions towards peace restoration in Bama, Borno and Nigeria at at large.”
He added that the governor also donated money, food items and textile materials to 683 volunteers engaged in the counter-insurgency operation in the state.