Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere has warned that the set up of Boko Haram terrorists and bandits’ camps in the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State is a strong indication of looming danger in the country.
It, therefore, tasked the Federal Government to redouble its efforts in tackling insecurity by declaring bandits as terrorists, as recently recommended by the National Assembly.
Afenifere’s national publicity secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, in a statement on Wednesday, stressed that urgent, decisive and sincere actions need to be taken to prevent the country’s disintegration owing to ever-increasing reports of how terrorists are gaining grounds in Nigeria.
It said, “the reports of how gunmen overran the police divisional headquarters in Umulokpa, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on Friday, October 9, 2021, in broad daylight and abducted a police officer and the abduction of seven inmates of St Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, a Catholic seminary in Fayit, Kaduna State, on Monday, October 11, are the latest of instances epitomising the level of how the government is failing in the most basic of its responsibilities – protection of the citizens.”
“Only last week, unrefuted reports had it that bandits suspected to be remnants of Boko Haram terrorists were setting up camps in villages in Kuje Area Council of Abuja Municipality. Penultimate week, chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Suleiman Chukuba, disclosed that insurgents had taken over about 500 communities in his council, forcing the residents of the communities into becoming Boko Haram members and equipping them to fight against the government,” the statement added.
The socio-cultural group recalled that the Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, had, earlier in August, announced that Boko Haram terrorists had captured some areas in the state and had even hoisted their flags in those communities.
“As such, allowing the terrorists to establish in the state can be dangerous, not only to his state but also to the country. Niger and Nasarawa are not the only states that terrorists have set up camps. Zamfara, Borno, Kaduna, Benue, Yobe have cache of lands where bandits have established themselves from which they unleash terror on the people and government interests.
“In the South-West, Ibadan to Ijebu-Ode highway, parts of Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun and Osun states posted cases of armed attacks and abductions almost on a daily basis. The same way it is happening in Edo State, among others.
“In the South-East, besides frequent killings by gunmen, the effectiveness of the ‘stay-at-home’ order being given by a non-state actor, IPOB, is an indication of how much governments seem to have been consigned to feebleness by insurgents that kept getting emboldened by the day,” it added.