‘’BokoHaram Still Controls Three Local Government Areas in Borno State’’ – Zulum

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By Sueliman Umaru

When President Muhammadu Buari, a retired Army General was first elected as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015, he had boasted that he will free the 20 local government areas under the control of the late Abubakar Shekau, led Islamic Fundamentalist Group, BokoHaram in the north east state of Borno, because of his reputation for being tough on security matters as a former military ruler of Nigeria in the 1980s.

True to his words, with the push by the country’s military and support by the neighbouring West African country of Niger Republic and Chad, including the Central African counry of Cameroon, currently hosting the African Cup of Nations, which was postponed last year, due to the Asian country of China emerged coronavirus, popular, COVID 19, he had regained most of the local government areas in the state. But Abadam, Guzamala are still remaining in the hands of the Criminal elements.

 That much was confirmed byBabaga Umara Zulum, a Professor and governor of Borno sate, who could no longer keep it to himself, barely 17 months to the end of the Katina state born Nigerian second term in office.  The governor had opened up when the vocal Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, and Chairman, Committee on Army led other Senators and military officers from the Army Headquarters to pay him a Courtesy at the Government House recently.

 The August visitors had expected the Professor to tell them that Operation Hadin Kai troops have virtually recovered every lost ground in and that insurgency have considerably reduced to the barest minimum in Borno state. They were ,however, surprised when he told them  that though  the people  are witnessing  which was lacking before the coming of the present Buhari Administration in 2015,  but more still needed to be done by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 7 Division and his officers  ‘’to end terrorism in part of the country’’.   Lt. General Yahay led army and Ai Marshall Olayinka Amao, led Nigerian Air Force , which have been fully equipped by the Federal government to fully confront the BokoHaram and their 2015 break away fact led late Barnawi, the Islamic State of West African Province, IISWAP,  with modern military equipment and fighter Jets  to recover Guzamala and Abadam which are still under the control of the terrorists.

  Abdulkarim Lawan, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly was the first to raise the alarm that 90% of the Communities in Guzamala Local government area in the state, where he hail from are still under the control of BokoHaram, despite claims by the Farauk Yahaya, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Staffs that they have recovered every lost ground in Borno state.

Prof. Zulum: Governor of Borno State, Cries Out

An aggrieved Zulum lamented that ‘’the people  of the state , especially  those from the southern  and northern part are becoming  married on a daily basis  over the increasing  number  of IWAP  Group  who have been terrorising the Commnities including making two attempts on Maiduguri, the state Capital. He had told Senator Ndume led Team to the Borno state Government House of a recent security report  showing  that in some Communities  of Mandaragirau axis in Biu  Local Government Area, over 500 BokoHaram/ISWAP groups have been converging  with over 300 motorcycles and celebrating parties /marriages amongst themselves without confrontation from the military.

Many who have had the  opportunity of witnessing the operations of the Insurgents in the state will tell those have never been to the north east to witness the activities of the insurgents first hand that  ‘’the rival ‘’ISWAP Group to BokoHaram  are more equipped , sophisticated, intelligent  and deadly in operaion  and that is why they are growing from strength to strength on a daily basis and ready to hold on to the war in the state.  Informed sources told The Value News that both for ISWAP, members of the armed BokoHaram Group, would have surrendered to the gallant Nigerian troops. Already morethan 8,000 of the Late Shekau loyalists were aid to have surrendered to the Operation Hadin Kai troops in Borno state.

Surrendered BokoHaram Fighters In Borno State

He has a good news for the Senate Committee members on the Army and the senior Army officers that  had accompanied them to Borno on a fact finding mission that  that the 11 local government Areas  in the state: Gwoza, where the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, have a well- established training College, , Bama, a fishing area, Marte, Munguno, home town of Babagana Munguni, a retired Major General and National Security Adviser, NSA,  Dikwa, Ngala, are becoming more peace  than before , despite the occasional attack on the military bases in Dikwa, Ngala, Marte and Bama , by the ISWAP  Group by the the military have held their group in these  local government areas. This may have informed why the Nigerian President who was in Borno state could beat his chest that the military are on the final phase of the insurgency war in the north east states of Borno and Yobe as they have already been driven out from Adamawa, home state of Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the Leading Opposition Part in the country, the PDP, in the 2019 , general elections. The former Nigerian Vice President, who  political Observers see as another Buari, who had contested the Presidential election in Nigeria for times , making it the fourth time and re-elected in 2019, according to informed PDP sources is warming up to collect the party Presidential form for the 2023 elections.

Senator Sani: Describes Bandits Group As A State Within A State

While BokoHaram and ISWAP , have become a state in a state in Borno , Senator  sehu Sani , who was elected I the country’s 8th Senate, had said that  that ‘’ the Bandits  operating in the north west states of Zamfara, described as home of the Bandits, Kaduba, Sokoto and Katsina, Buhari home state have become a state within a state’’.

According to him, the Bandits Group in the region have stablished  governance structure   based on Islamic doctrine in the Communities controlled by them  in the sense that ‘’they just kidnap  and extort money , but have reached a point  where they even install  traditional Rulers and Imams’’.

There is no gainsaying the fact that  that the Bandits group, which Ibrahim Dosara, the Zamfara state Commissioner for Information have 100 Camps , scattered all over the forests in the state  with over 32,000 armed followers, crisscrossing the entire region and extending their operations to the north central region ,  to open new Camps, have continued  to unleash  mayhem in Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Katsina, Niger and Taraba, home of Theophilous Danjuma, a retired Army General and former minister of Defence, during Olusegun Obasanjo Administration, ‘’killing many people and kidnapping hundreds of others.

Only recently,  Air Marshall Amao led , NAF, Special Forces, rescued  26 kidnapped  victims  while  patrolling along  Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road in Zamfara state.  Edward Gabkwet, a Commmodore,  had said  that the rescue  operation occurred  when the NAF Special Force  came across  five abandoned  vehicle  with their doors  open nea Anguwar Yako Community, an indication   of forced removal  or evacuation f occupants  and likely kidnap scene.

 He noted  that acting on insticts,  the Special Force officers began  plotting  the general  scene  of the abduction  and extended it far bout four Kilometers radius  into the nearby Communities and well into the bush while clearing he eneral area. He disclosed that ‘’upon sighting the NAF Special Force personnel, three of the kidnapper escapees suddenly emerged from the bushs around the scene. He stated tha further search into the bushes  into the hinterland led to the discovery  of four different groups of victims that were found hiding, stressing that a total of 26 victims were found and rescued.

The victims were said to be travelling  from Bin Gwari  to various locations  including Kaduna, Minna and Kano, when they fell into the waiting hand of the Bandits  armed to the teeth  who were said to have appeared  from the bushes in  three different directions along the route and surrenderec their vehicles.  The Kidnappers were said to have fled into the bushes with a handful of victims while some others   took cover  and fled  and hid in the bushes until they sighted the NAF Special Force and came out.

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