Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello on Monday predicted that Boko Haram terrorists who have hoisted the terror group’s flag in Kaure village, in Shiroro local government area of the state may launch an attack on Abuja soon.
Bello made the prediction against the background of delayed response to his repeated plea to the Federal authorities to come to the aid of the state following sustained attack by bandits and terrorists
“We have been calling on the Federal Government but all our efforts proved in vain. Sambisa forest is thousands of kilometers away when I was calling on the Federal Government for help. Kaure in Niger is less than 2 kilometers to Abuja. Boko Haram wants to sue Niger as a new base to penetrate the North central.”, Bello told reporters in Minna, the state capital when he visited the Internally Displaced People’s Camp at the IBB Primary School near the Emir of Minna’s Palace
He over 3,000 persons in Muya and Shiroro Local Governments Areas have been rendered homeless and are currently in makeshift camps created by the government. He also said that the terror group had forcefully taken over the wives of some of the villagers and allocated the women to themselves.
“I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements here in Niger state, here in Kaure, I am confirming that they have hoisted their flags here.
“Their wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. I just heard that they have placed their flags at Kaure, meaning they have taken over the territory.”
”This is what I have been engaging the federal government on, unfortunately it has now got to this level. If care is not taken, even Abuja is not safe.
“We have been saying this for long. All our efforts have been in vain. I hope the time has come for a more coordinated military activity to take place”, Governor Bello said.
Bello claimed that the Boko Haram elements were trying to use this area as their home just as they did in Sambisa, warning out that “Sambisa is several kilometers from Abuja but Kaure is just 2 kilometers from Abuja. So nobody is safe anymore, not even those in Abuja”
The governor therefore told the federal government that: ”This is the time to act, all hands must be on deck, it is not a fight for Niger state alone”.
“I am not waiting for anyone anymore, I am going to take action”, he said.
On the large number of displaced persons in the camp, Bello said some of them had started returning home but added that “the vast majority of them will have to remain here because their villages and towns have been taken over by bandits.”
Among the IDPs are 1447 children, 119 pregnant women and 447 other women.