Vice President Namadi Sambo, weekend, paid an official visit to Borno state, base of Islamist fundamentalist group, Boko Haram to discuss the security challenges of the state with Borno leaders. The visit, which was the VP’s first since Governor Kashim Shettima assumed the mantle of leadership in 2011 crippled commercial activities in the state owing to the tight security. Sambo, accompanied by Shettima and other dignitaries from within and outside the state also commissioned/inspected projects within the state. He also paid a courtesy call on the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi who called for a reduction of military checkpoints on the streets of Borno as the security situation had improved in the state. The VP reaffirmed the commitment of the government to secure lives and property in the state and later held a closed-door meeting on tackling the security challenges in the state with Borno elders at the Government House.