FACT-Check: Did Governor Zulum Appoint Female Hunter Aisha Gombi as Aide?

VERDICT: True

CLAIM:

On Saturday, December 19, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy (CDD) spotted reports that the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, had appointed a female hunter, Aisha Gombi, as his aide on fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

The story widely published by online newspapers including Premium Times, AljazirahNews, JTV, The Niche NG and on social media said the appointment will take place with immediate effect.

FACT:

CDD’s investigation established that the claim is true. Aisha Gombi, Borno’s female hunter, has been appointed a Special Assistant to the Governor on fight against Boko Haram.

A letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Administration and General Services, Danjuma Ali, indicated that Gombi’s appointment was approved by the Governor and seen by the CDD.

The letter read in parts; “Your appointment is based on your personal merit, wealth of experience, dedication to duty and service to your community.”

“It is expected that you will uphold the dignity of your office and justify the confidence reposed in you by discharging the responsibilities diligently so as to achieve the full implementation of all government policies,” the letter added.

When contacted by CDD, the renowned female hunter, Aisha Bakari Gombi confirmed her appointment by the Borno governor.

She said: “It is true, I have been appointed an aide to Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum, a day will be fixed for me to formally receive the appointment”.

CONCLUSION:

The story that renowned female hunter, Aisha Bakari Gombi has been appointed by Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum as aide to the fight against Boko Haram is true.

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