Boko Haram has taken over more territories in Niger State after displacing residents in about 5o communities.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said the terrorists are in Kaure and Shiroro Local Government Area and have hoisted their flag there.
Bello made the disclosure during a visit to over 3000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Shiroro and Munya local government areas taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School Minna confirmed their presence.
“I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements in Niger state, around Kaure,” Bello said.
“I just heard that they’ve already hoist their flag in Kaure, which means they’ve taken over the territory and this is what I have been engaging the federal government with and unfortunately it has now gotten to this stage that if care is not taken not even Abuja is safe.”
While lamenting on the security challenges in the state, Bello expressed concern over the manner in which the wives of the locals have been taking over by Boko Haram members.
“They’ve taken over the territory, they’ve installed their flag. I am confirming that now. They’ve taken over the wives of people by force”, he said.
“Boko Haram elements are trying to use these areas as their home just like they did in Sambisa.”
The governor said the situation calls for collective efforts by everyone and noted that the government has been taking steps and will not relent on its efforts to curb the situation.
Bello said he has not lost hope in the Federal Government but he is not going to wait anymore because the situation requires coordinated military actions to take place.
“I have not lost hope from the federal government but I am not waiting for anyone anymore,” Bello said.
A resident of Kuchi in Munya LGA Bulus Asu said that the entire Kuchi has been deserted in the past three months.
Asu said the terrorists enter Niger State territory from Kaduna through Kapana village kidnapping people and raping women.
He mentioned Kuchi, Guni, Gini, Chiri, Fuka, and Kapana as villages among others that have been faced with banditry issues for the past three years.