Wednesday, 24 April 2013

boko haram takes over borno state

**they have chased away
govt officials and civil
servants from some LGAs.
**the sect members control
most villages and openly
organize public preaching in village market. Many local governments areas in
northern Borno and other parts
of the state are gradually
coming under the control of
members of the Jama'atu Ahlis
Sunnah Lid Da'awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram,
Weekly Trust heard yesterday. The Northern part of Borno
shares international borders
with Cameroon, Niger and Chad
republics and comprises Marte,
Magumeri, Mobbar, Gubio,
Guzamala, Abadam, Kukawa, Kaga, Nganzai and Monguno Local
Government Areas. Few attacks take place in
Damboa, Chibok, Biu and Gwoza
Local Government Areas in the
southern part of the state while
Hawul, Bayo, Kwaya Kusar,
Askira/Uba and Shani have remained relatively peaceful. Most government officials and
civil servants had fled most of
these areas except Damasak.
Bama and some parts of
Konduga Local Government Area,
both in the central part of the state, are also coming under the
control of the sect members who
had chased away government
officials and civil servants, it was
learnt. The source alleged that the JTF,
which has received over 200 new
patrol hilux vans, in addition to
the fuelling of its vehicles and
allowances for its soldiers, have
largely remained more active in central parts of the state. When
contacted last night, officials of
the Borno State Government
referred our reporter to the
Joint Military task Force (JTF).
However, several attempts to speak with the spokesman of
the JTF Lt Col Sagir Musa were
not successful as calls placed to
his mobile phone failed to go
through. In Marte Local Government, the
sect members control most
villages and openly organize
public preaching in village market
in Krenuwa, the hometown of
the current Secretary to the State Government Ambassador
Baba Ahmed Jidda, who is a
member of the Presidential
Amnesty Committee. It was also learnt that the sect
members are acquiring so many
vehicles, in military colours and
mounting guns on them. Three
brand new hilux vans belonging
to the Chad Basin were also reportedly snatched by gunmen. Members of the Agricultural
Transformation team set up by
the Borno State Governor has
been chased out of Marte by
insurgents, abandoning harvest
of wheat in 5,000 hectares of irrigation land, revived and
funded by the state through
collaboration between the Borno
State Government and the
Federal Govt-owned Chad Basin
Development Authority. The farm has over 60,000
hectares of unused irrigation
land in Marte.
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