Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Chibok girls still under Boko Haram custody – Chairman

The Caretaker Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area of Borno state, Mr. Yaga Yarkawa, has lamented the renewed attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in the local government, insisting that with the recent
attacks on Thlaimaklama village which has displaced many people from their homes, Chibok has again come under the control of Boko Haram.

Yaga Yarkawa told DAILY POST Monday night in Maiduguri while visiting to receive food items donated by the State Government for onward delivery to displaced persons.

He said, contrary to claims by the military that Chibok is safe, there have been series of renewed attacks on communities of Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu , Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari and Kakulmari villages bordering Damboa and Sambia forest, adding that the latest one was the one that took place at the weekend in Thlaimaklama village where the insurgents carted away 15 vehicles loaded with food items, and set ablaze three vehicles and several houses without confrontation from security operatives.

He pointed out that apart from attacking his communities these days, the terrorists have resorted to burning of farm produce of his people who had suffered during the planting season.

Speaking on the effort put in place by the council to address the recurrent attacks, Yarakawa said, “Due to the exploits of the insurgents, Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu , Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari and Kakulmari villages bordering Damboa and Sambia forest, and Klaimakla communities are still fully under the control of terrorists.”

Also speaking on the renewed attacks on Chibok, leader of vigilante group in Chibok, Commander Aboku said that, “The Boko Haram terrorists are always on the move and this makes it difficult to effectively monitor and apprehend them with ease.”

He stressed that, just last week, in the course of their operations, the vigilantes were able to dislodge some of the terrorists, killing two, while also recovering two AK47 rifles and a Hilux vehicles mounted with anti aircraft gun.

He called on the military to intensify effort by giving the vigilantes free hands to operate, as they know the terrain of the Sambisa forest and the general operation area of Sambisa, Chibok and Gwoza local governments better.


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