- Boko Haram has taken control of over 40 towns as the insurgents continue terrorising Niger state
- Senator Mohammed Sani Musa representing Niger East senatorial district made the disclosure on Tuesday, April 27
- The lawmaker expressed worry as the insurgents have launched constant deadly attacks in the area
No fewer than 42 communities have fallen under the control of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in Niger state following renewed attacks.
Daily Trust reports that Senator Mohammed Sani Musa representing Niger East in the Nigerian Senate made this known on Tuesday, April 27.
Musa while moving a motion on the killings in Shiroro, Munya and Rafi local government areas of the state said that between January 2020 to date bandits and terrorists had killed over 475 persons in Niger East.
The lawmaker expressed worry that for almost seven years now his senatorial district has come under constant and sustained multiple deadly attacks by terrorists.
He revealed that the result of these incidents has been the total collapse of the local economies and educational system in the affected areas.
Others include famine, displacement, and depopulation. He said the attacks are taking place in the absence of the slightest “hindrance, resistance or confrontation” from authorities.
He said between March 2021 to date the terrorists killed more than 25 gallant soldiers, mobile policemen, and other security operatives, as well as over 16 civilians.
The Niger lawmaker added that if the situation is not addressed, the attacks will continue and may escalate to other communities.
Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Bello according to The Nation stated that Boko Haram and bandits have taken over not less than 50 communities in Niger state.
Bulus Esu, one of the youth leaders, speaking during Bello's visit, said the terrorists have taken over Kuchi community in Munya LGA, adding that for three weeks now no one has lived in the town.
This development is coming after the Niger governor disclosed that Boko Haram members were responsible for the attacks on communities in the state.
Bello said that the Boko Haram elements had hoisted their flag over Kaure axis, forcing women from communities around the areas to be members of the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the dreaded Boko Haram sect has hoisted its flag in some parts of the Geidam community, in Yobe state.
Some of the residents confirmed that the insurgents were moving from house to house preaching to them to accept their ideology.
Despite the presence of the army battalion in the community, this has not stopped the insurgents from propagating their missions.