Boko Haram militants have taken control of approximately 500 towns in eight wards of Niger State’s Shiroro local government region.
In an interview with journalists on Friday, the chairman of the local government council, Hon. Suleiman Chukuba, revealed this.
Manta, Gurmana, Bassa-Kokki, Allawa, Kurebe, Kushaka, Kwati, Chukuba, and Galadima Kogo were among the areas affected.
According to him, the insurgents have attempted to recruit people of the communities to join Boko Haram.
Chukuba, who expressed his displeasure with the situation, also said that terrorists were attempting to arm citizens to attack the government.
“They enlist the help of the people in certain communities by telling them they have weaponry and money to give them so they can fight the government,” he explained.
He pointed out that Boko Haram fighters have stated that they do not desire traditional elementary and secondary schools, preferring instead Islamic instruction.
“The number of Boko Haram members in the Shiroro local government is incalculable.
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“I have proof in the fact that I am the executive chairman of the local government area’s chief security officer. When they visit different areas, they tell them, “We don’t want elementary or secondary schools.” He went on to say, “We just want Islamiyya schools.”
Concerned about Boko Haram’s entrance, the council head requested that the Federal Government send extra security forces to the area to help evict the criminals who have made Shiroro their home.
Remember that a few months ago, the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, issued a warning that Boko Haram militants had raised their flag in Kaure village, Shiroro local government area.