By Lateef Adegbite
In spite of the high level of insecurity in different parts of the Nigeria which over the last two decades, had threatened the country’s unity, President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army General had said that his government is doing everything within its powers to tackle the numerous security challenges .
As a prelude to tackling the numerous security challenges, Garba shehu, a Senior Special Assistant to the Katsina state born Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, had said that the Nigerian President Farouk Yahaya, a Major General and Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and other security agencies Chiefs and their men ‘’to redouble their efforts and respond to the security threats posed by the Islamic Fundamental Group, BokoHaram, and the Islamic state of The West African Province, ISWP, Bandits in the north west states of Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina, Buhari , home state. In particular, including the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. He had commended the Intelligence agencies for the secrecy maintained in arresting Nanmdi Kanu, the acclaimed Leader of IPOB, outside the shores of the country and returning him back to the country to face his trial and the recent attack on Sunday Adeyemo, popular, Igboho, who is at the forefront for Odua Republic agitation, residence. The Nigerian President may have seen the duo as an enemy of his government and who are out to force the disintegration of Nigeria at all costs. It was not surprising why he is very happy that the IPOB Leader had been arrested while the Department of State Security had advised IGboho, to come out from his hideout and surrender himself or they would track him down.
The Retired army General, may have been forced to give a marching to the security agencies Chiefs and their personnel to redouble their efforts to confront the Criminal gangs across the country, following the recent killing of 24 persons in Dabna, a farming Community, in Dugwaba , Hong Local Government Area, which is about three kilometers from Graha, the home town of Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the government of the Federation in Adamawa state, north east Nigera. The Farming Community was said to have been attacked on Thursday, July 8, 2021, by suspected BokoHaram insurgents who may have found their way to the village to wreck the havoc from the Central African country of Cameroon. The worry of the Nigerian President was the return of insurgency in the north east state which had witnessed peace over the last couple of years. The suspected BokoHaram insurgents were said to have killed a Villanntee Leader and the Head of theDabna village as well as setting houses and shops ablaze. This may have informed why the Nigerian President had urged the security Chiefs’’ to promptly and decisively respond to the security threats’’.
There are fears that with the return of BokoHaram fighters to Adamawa state, the country’s insecurity situation is back to square one as the security agencies personnel would be divided in fighting many battles at the same time. Only recently BokoHaram fighters who had regrouped despite the death of Abubakar Shekau, the BokoHaram Group Leader in a gun dual with ISWAP in their struggle for supremacy , had attacked Karko village , a distance of 18 kilometers from the Damaturu,the Yobe state Capital, meaning that the insurgents are out to Capture the north east city at all costs.
The BokoHaram fighters, who had become more deadly in the recent time, with the infiltration of Malian and Nigerien Jihadist fighters in their ranks were said to have drove into the Yobe town on Thursday, in one Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC and six Toyota Hilux mounted with anti- aircraft guns.
Given the hunger ravaging both the BokoHaram and ISWAP Camps, the late Shekau, fighters were said to have attacked the Karko village in order to loot foot stuff. They have succeeded in their plot to loot food stuff in the farming Community, but were unlucky to escape with it as troops of Operation Kai, were said to have ambushed them while returning to their base in the Sambisa Forest. Recall that in March 16, 2021, the Karko village had been attacked by the insurgents, leading to the destruction of health care facilities in the village.
WhileBokoHaram , fighters are gradually spreading their tentacles to Adamawa state to reclaim their lost ground, Bandits operating in Kaduna, are still giving Nasir El-Rufai, a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and now governor of the north west state sleepless night by incessant kidnapping of people for ransom from the state government. Despite the recent attack on Chikun Local government Area by the Bandits, which many had expected Major General Yahay, the COAS, to fortify security in the flashpoint Local government Area, as requested by El-Rufai, the state governor, the Bandits, could not had that opportunity to attack Ungwan Matari, which informed Kaduna resident had said is within the Sabon Tasha and Chikum Local Government Areas of the state.
The Bandits who are said to be working closely with the BokoKo Haram and ISWAP , fighters were said to invaded the Community which is adjoin Gbagyi villa towards Romi river on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, amidst cries of the people.
The recent in the Kaduna Community was so worrisome that that Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, had visited the area to assess the situation and report back to the Buhari in order to direct the next line of action. He will not agree that the Bandits, BokoHaram or ISWAP, fighter are making a head way to capture ore grounds in Nigeria, re-echoing what Major General Yahaya, the COAS, ha said while addressing Journalists in Kaduna that ‘’the security Challenges facing the country would be resolved very soon’’. The IGP, maintained that efforts are being made by h the Buhari Administration to overcome the security challenges in the country ‘’to make life easier for the Law abiding citizens of the country’’.
Meanwhile, The Nigerian President and his security agencies Chiefs who are bent on crushing the activities of the criminal gangs throughout the country has told those that cares to listen that his government ‘’cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians in resolving the security challenges of the country’’.