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Boko Haram ‘I didn’t say sect controls 2 local governments,’ Minister denies reports

The minister was reported to have made the statement during an interview with Voice of America (VOA) on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

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(Nigeria Monitor)

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has denied saying that Boko Haram is still in control of two local government areas in the North-East.

The minister was reported to have made the statement during an interview with Voice of America (VOA) on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Dan-Ali made the denial via a statement released by his spokesman, Tukur Gusau on Wednesday.

It reads in part:

“The minister was a guest in the studio of Voice of America, where he spoke in Hausa language, on the appraisal of the successes recorded in the ongoing war against terrorists in the North- East.

“He said that before now, over 60 local government areas were under the occupation of Boko Haram in the North-East, but now only two were having some remnants of Boko Haram activities and not under their complete control.

“On the issue of the Chibok girls, the minister was not referring to the girls abducted on April 14, 2014 from Government Secondary School Chibok. Rather, he was referring to other girls abducted by the terrorists from the local government areas and environs.”

VOA had also quoted Dan-Ali as saying that the would-be suicide bomber who was recently arrested in Cameroon was abducted from Chibok, Borno State but is not one of the over 200 girls who were taken on April 14, 2014.

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