Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has confirmed that Boko Haram troops have raised their flag in Kaure Village, in Erena township axis of Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger state.
The Governor disclosed this on Monday during his visit to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School, in Chanchaga Local Government Area.
The primary school was turned to an IDP camp due to incessant attacks by bandits in some communities in Niger state recently.
The governor said: “I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements here in Niger State, here in Kaure. I am confirming that they have hoisted their flags here.
“The victims’ wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. I just heard that they have hoisted their flags at Kaure, meaning that they have taken over the territory.
This is what I have been engaging the Federal Government on, unfortunately, it has now got to this level, if care is not taken, even Abuja is not safe. We have been saying this for long, all our efforts have been in vain. With the latest unfortunate development, I hope the time has come for a more coordinated military activity to take place.”
The governor also confirmed that the Boko Haram members have forcefully taken wives of some of the villagers and married them.
“Sambisa is several kilometres away from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory; but Kaure is just about two hours drive from Abuja. It is not too far and nobody is safe anymore, not even those in Abuja.” The governor added.