The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has praised Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam for providing 20 Hilux 4-wheel drive vehicles to the Nigerian Army.
He spoke yesterday at Government House Damaturu. The army chief said, “We cannot enumerate all the different kinds of support that you have given us – from the Special Forces School that you have given us, the very large piece of land and well developed facilities in that Buni-Yadi Training School, the land you gave for the Level-2 Hospital along Potiskum Road in Damaturu, the very large expanse of land you provided for the barracks that is coming up very soon as part of our Order of Battle for the execution of the directive issued by the Army Council to the logistics operations base that you graciously granted us to use.” At the event, Governor Gaidam said the Yobe State Government provided the vehicles, purchased at the cost of N350 million, in continuation of efforts at improving security, as the government had been providing logistics support to the military and other security agencies since the Boko Haram insurgency began. “We had even paid their allowances at some stage. To date, we have provided over 300 Hilux vehicles,” Gaidam said.
The governor gave four other Hilux vehicles separately to vigilante groups.