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Regional News of Wednesday, 24 November 2021


Boko Haram pitch tent in Niger State

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The Niger State government has said a breakaway group of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists are establishing camps in the state.

This was made known to the public by the Secretary to the state government, Ahmed Matane in a press conference in Minna on Tuesday, November 23.

According to Mr. Matane, the armed bandits are gradually indoctrinating residents in some communities in the Shiroro Local Government Area. The identified communities are the Shukuba, Koki, Kusare, and Madaka communities.

Reports gathered indicate the group has begun banning women from going to school while they preach strict Islamic ideologies.

Mr. Matane said the group is preaching against western education while assuring the citizens of protection.

“These people often go to communities to communicate with them and assure them that they will not harm them, and join them during Friday congregational prayer to preach to them on the need to forsake western education and embark on civil disobedience,”

“They also made a video claiming that they are not kidnappers, but engaging in religious activities. They have assured us (Government) that they are ‘God sent’ to establish an Islamic caliphate. Despite their rapprochement, we are not negotiating with them,” Mr. Matane said.

Specifically, Mr. Matane said, “ISWAP is trying to establish a camp at National Park at Babana in Borgu Local government Area of the State.”

The official said the collaboration between the armed bandits and Boko Haram has escalated attacks on innocent residents in recent times.

Mr Matane, who said the state had spent over N5 billion in tackling security challenges, said the government was worried the situation has continued to escalate, Premium Times said.