“Boko Haram Has Taken Over Half of Borno State” – Senator Garbai


The Boko Haram terrorist group has not ceased to be on daily news in Nigeria, since its first major attack in 2009. Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, the representative of Borno Central, has said that the rumor going around the country about the insurgents doing down is not entirely true. He said Boko Haram is still on the rise as they are in control of about 50 percent of the troubled Borno State.

Garbai made this statement while speaking to journalists on Saturday evening, during a condolence visit to Dalori village where 65 persons were reported killed last week by the insurgents. He had gone there to offer financial and material assistance to the villagers and according to him, the truth about the accomplishment of the military in Borno State was never truly spoken as the insurgent group and the Nigeria are presently administering about the same territories in the state.

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He also said both the military and Boko Haram have full control of three separate local governments in Borno, and share control in all the 21 other local governments.

“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. 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,” He said.

Garbai speaks on Boko Haram
Senator Garbai

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He also said it was a lie and misconception that the insurgents have largely been overpowered by the military, saying it was only an assumption that Nigerians were fed with.

“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.

“Although 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.”

Senator Garbai advised that Nigerians should not be deceived into believing that the Nigerian Army are winning over Boko Haram.

“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.”

On the proposed reconstruction, rehabilitation and relocation in the troubled areas, Garbai said it was inadvisable for now, as it only risk the lives of people sent their to set up the place.

“If the people are moved back to their homelands you are making them vulnerable to attack. Unless you provide maximum security and return of law and order in these areas, relocating these people would be endangering their lives.”

Despite Senator’s Garbai’s comments, the Senate Leader, Mohammed Ndume, representing Borno South believes that much had been achieved by the military in retrieving captured Borno communities from the insurgents. He said it was not out of place to begin the reconstruction, rehabilitation and relocation of the destroyed communities.

“I still have confidence in our military, I still want to believe that our military are on top of the situation. What is happening these days is the issue of intermittent suicide bombing and desperate attacks by the insurgents because their supply routes have been cut off and they attack in other to get supplies. They have been carting away foodstuffs of attacked communities,” Mohammed Ndume said.

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