The people of borno State have cried out to the Federal government and the State government that, their communities are being taken over by the Book Haram insurgents.
It is reported that, weeks after the countries celebrated the release of 21 Chibok girls, the people of Chibok in Borno State say their communities are being overrun by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
The people have complained that, at least nine communities under Chibok local government area have been either attacked, sacked or burnt down by rampaging Boko Haram insurgents.
The federal government had assured the people after the release of the 21 girls that, they are negotiating further with the insurgents for the release of the remaining 196 Chibok girls still in captivity. Yesterday, the Nigerian Army had claimed that they had gained victory substantially if not totally over the boko haram insurgents.
But what we are hearing from the indegenes and residents of the state as regard the hostilities they are suffering from the Boko Haram insurgents within and around Borno State, calls for concern about the prospects of the negotiation exercise.
The chairman of Chibok local government area, Yaga Yarkawa, on Monday, told journalists in Maiduguri that the most attack on Chibok communities took place was in Thlaimaklama village recently, where the insurgents carted away farm products in 15 vehicles, after setting ablaze three vehicles and several numbers of houses without any confrontation from the military.
He said hundreds of persons fled their homes as the insurgents torched houses, looted foodstuff and stole livestock.
“Chibok is now under Boko Haram siege,” he said.
“Contrary to claims by government and security operatives, Chibok is not safe. There has been series of renewed attacks on our communities. As I am talking to you now the villages of Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu, Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari and Kakulmari have all been attacked, and burnt down completely in the past weeks.
He said the insurgents came at the peak of the harvest period, and loaded their vehicles with the fresh harvests from the villagers’ farms.
“I have no doubt that the insurgents are in control of Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu, Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari, Klaima and Kakulmari villages,” he said.
A leader of the vigilante group in Chibok, Commander Abogu confirmed the development saying that, “The Boko Haram terrorists have been on the move destroying every community they enter”.
He added that the fluid nature of their movement makes it difficult for them to confront them.
Mr. Abogu however said that the vigilante were able to kill two of the insurgents and recovered two AK47 rifles and a Hilux vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft gun.
He called on the military to move into the area and collaborate with the local vigilante who have better understanding of the difficult terrain.
Written by Okolo Ezinne