Nigeria governor relocates to town once held by Boko Haram

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Posted: Sep 23, 2016 5:52 AM

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — The governor of Nigeria's northeast Borno state has temporarily relocated to a town that was occupied by Boko Haram extremists for six months, in an effort to promote rebuilding.

The region is trying to recover as the extremists slowly lose control of some areas.

The town of Bama's infrastructure was decimated in repeated attacks.

Kashim Shettima says he hopes to jump-start rebuilding of government offices, markets, clinics and schools. He did not say how long he would use the town as a base.

Bama is 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, Borno's capital. Boko Haram seized Bama in September 2014, and Nigerian troops recaptured it in March 2015.

In July, the extremists attacked an aid convoy traveling from Bama, and the U.N. suspended aid missions in the area.