Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital for a one-day working visit to the besieged northeastern town.
Osinbajo’s visit comes amid serious security concerns in the region after Boko Haram insurgents took Maiduguri by storm late Wednesday, killing 14 and injuring scores in a brutal assault on a military barrack.
The acting president landed at the Maiduguri International Airport via a presidential jet shortly after noon for his scheduled flag-off of the distribution of 30,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains for the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in the north-east, Punch writes.
He was received by Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, members of the state executive council, traditional rulers and politicians amid tight security by a combined team of army, navy, airforce, police, DSS, immigration and other para-military agencies.
Assault helicopters hovered the skies and several Armored Personnel Carriers, APC, armoured tanks were stationed in all the roads were the Acting President is expected to pass as commercial and social activities were brought to a halt.
After his reception by Governor Shettima, the acting president paid a courtesy call at the palace of Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi, where he intimated the monarch of the Federal Government’s plans to alleviate the food crisis at the IDP camps by donating the assorted grains.
He later proceeded to the store of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) to inspect the grains, before dropping by at the Bakassi IDP camp for the flag -off of the distribution programme.