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Boko Haram takes over several villages in Niger, hoists flag

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The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, has disclosed that Boko Haram terrorists have seized a territory in Kaure village in Shiroro Loca Government Area and have hoisted it flag there.

Bello also stated that the terrorists have been attacking some communities in Munya Local Government Area, of the State.

The Governor spoke when he visited Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) camp at Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) Primary School in Minna.

He said: “I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements around Kaure in Shiroro local government. They have taken over the territory. They have equally installed their flag. I am confirming to you now that they have taken over the wives of people by force.”

“Majority of the displaced persons will have to remain in this camp in Minna because their villages have been taken over by Boko Haram terrorists/ bandits. Their wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram elements,” he said.

“I have been engaging the Federal Government and unfortunately it has got to this stage and if care is not taken even Abuja is not safe. We have been saying this for long and all efforts have been in vain.”

Addressing the governor at the IDPs camp, a youth leader, Bulus Esu said his people in Kuchi, one of the most populated town in Munya local government have been locked down by the terrorists for the past three weeks.

“For three weeks now there is no person living in Kuchi town and there is no food for the fleeing villagers. The bandits have entered very deep into the area and have overran several villages. They have occupied Kuchi where they now sleep as their homes.”

Esu said the bandits two weeks ago demanded five million ransom from the people of Kampana to bail themselves from being kidnapped, adding that “the people did this to avoid kidnap. However, when they came back the next time, they asked the women to cook for them after which they still raped them.”

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