Unic Press UK: A covert investigation by one of our agents operating in the northern region of Nigeria, who had recently visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Ngala and several communities in Borno State, revealed that Boko Haram is presently in ‘control’ of several villages in Borno.
Unic’s agent, who had interviewed some of the IDPs who presently live at Ngala IDP camp, reported that the Boko Haram [which is ranked among the top ten most dangerous terrorist organisation in the world] seem to be in firm control of several villages in Borno State, Nigeria, especially in three Local Government Areas, LGAs, known as Dikwa, Damboa and Ngala.
Further investigations by other sources (names withheld for obvious reasons) acting on a brief from Unic Press UK have affirmed that the Nigerian security forces patently refused to advance towards the villages [in Dikwa, Damboa and Ngala] that appear to be seized/occupied by the Boko Haram based on information from locals, claiming that the area had not been listed as part of their beat/brief, warning all displaced persons within Ngala IDP camp to avoid straying to those highly dangerous places in Dikwa, Damboa and Ngala LGAs.
Given our agent’s ‘secret’ interview of a number of men in the IDP camp at Ngala, Borno State, there are many among the displaced persons who are willing to return to their villages to forcefully evict the Boko Haram from their ancestral homes. Those apparently courageous men who spoke to our agent said they were driven by a torrid urge to drive out the terror group from their communities to enable them cultivate their lands this farming season.
Given the feedback from those interviewed, the primary constraint to the able-bodied men who expressed interest in attempting to regain control of their villages, is not unconnected to their inability to legitimately obtain the kinds of sophisticated weapons needed to tackle a terror machine like the Boko Haram, or secure firm commitment of Nigerian security forces.
The foregoing findings by Unic Press UK calls into question the Nigerian government’s claim in December 2016 that its forces had defeated the Boko Haram.
Apart from a lot of unsolved questions begging answers from the authorities, our findings raise further doubts over the transparency/sincerity of the Nigerian government on key issues relating to the Boko Haram, including:
- The terror group’s sponsors’;
- Their sources of military weapons;
- Why the IDPs cannot return to their villages if indeed this Jihad-driven sect was defeated since 2016 and reconstruction funds judiciously utilized;
- The high rate at which Boko Haram suspects were being released from custody;
- Chronic laxity in prosecuting suspects;
- Boko Haram’s current command centres in Nigeria given the government’s claim that Sambisa forest is no longer the group’s fortress; and
- The 279 girls’ allegedly kidnapped [perhaps handed over for the political gains of vicious quantities].
About the Boko Haram
- Jama’atu Ahl as‐Sunnah li‐Da’awati wal‐Jihad [simply called Boko Haram] is a Jihad-driven terrorist organisation that was founded in 2002 by one Mohammed Yusuf. This terror group held the belief that Western education/lifestyles were completely against the teachings of Islam.
- M Yusuf, the founder/spiritual head of Boko Haram was ‘extrajudicially’ executed in 2009 after the group clashed with Nigerian Police Forces in 2009.
- The end of Yusuf’s earthly life in the hands of Nigerian security operatives is widely seen as a critical turning point in the history of the Boko Haram. Many have contended that the killing of Yusuf further radicalized his followers, thereby escalating a bad crisis.
- It was after the killing of Yusuf that this terror group commenced full military operations in 2009, killing more than 15,000 people as of 2016.
- They have attacked a number of places, including military barracks, police stations, churches, mosques, motor park stations, United Nations building in Nigeria’s federal capital territory, and so on.
- In 2015, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Daesh (Islamic State).
- Boko Haram’s goals center on Islamization of Nigeria, to enforce sharia law throughout the gamut of Nigeria. This goal is utter delusion as Nigeria is a secular state, a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country of circa 200 million people. More than 50% of Nigeria’s population are Christians, most of whom reside in the southern part of the country.
- Abubukar Shekau, an eccentric character who appears deluded by virtue of his utterances in Boko Haram’s numerous videos, is the head of the main group. This is one man the Nigerian security forces had claimed several times to have killed, but each time the news of his death circulates, the man Shekau rises from nowhere proclaiming to the world that he is still alive.
- In 2015, the Global Terrorism Index, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, said that Boko Haram topped the ranking of terror groups having killed 6,644 people in Nigeria in 2014 when compared to Daesh’s tally of 6,074 people in the same period.