Boko Haram ‘Sect still controls half of Borno,’ Senator says  

The Nigerian government and military officials have repeatedly insisted that the terrorists have been degraded and are unable to hold any more territory.

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Borno State Senator, Baba Kaka Garbai has said that terrorist sect, Boko Haram still controls 50 percent of the state despite claims that they had been chased out.

The Nigerian government and military officials have repeatedly insisted that the terrorists have been degraded and are unable to hold any more territory.

Garbai, who represents the Borno Central Senatorial District, made the disclosure while speaking to journalists on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

“I feel highly demoralized, devastated in the sense that this is the village we came during the election and they were going about their normal business. The activities that were ongoing was like confidence building,” he said.

“They actually got the signal a few days before the attack that the insurgents were likely to attack them, they reported to the constituted authorities but nothing was done.

“I will like to appeal to the military to intensify their effort in ensuring they beef up security around the villages and communities that share borders with Maiduguri metropolis. It is very important and more so that this place is porous, there could be attack from any direction.

“It is a wrong assumption that most of the local governments in Borno are recaptured from the Boko Haram. In reality this is not true in the sense that apart from Maiduguri Metropolis, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar, these are the three local government that are under the occupation of the Nigerian government where the military and police are maintaining law and order.

“Mobbar, Abadam and Kala Balge are 100 percent occupied by the insurgents. There are some local governments that are partially occupied by the insurgents especially as the local government secretariats have been liberated but their hither-lands are still controlled by the insurgents.

“Though Gwoza town has been liberated there still remain six wards in Gwoza local government area still occupied by the insurgents.

“From my count, only three local government are fully liberated, 21 local governments partially occupied by insurgents, that is there is still some level of Boko Haram occupation side by side the military or any other constituted authority. The local government fully occupied by Boko Haram are Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge.

“We should not live under the illusion that Boko Haram are decimated or weaken, these are not reality and neither a true reflection of the reality. The reality is that most of the local government in Borno is partially occupied by Boko Haram,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that the sect has been technically defeated.

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