Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has confirmed the presence of Boko Haram terrorists and the hoisting of their flag in Kaure, in the Shiroro Local Government Area.
The governor revealed this when he paid a visit to over 3000 Internally Displaced Persons from Shiroro and Munya local government areas who are taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Primary School, Minna, the state capital.
He said: “I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements in Niger State, around Kaure.
“I just heard that they’ve already hoisted their flag in Kaure, which means they’ve taken over the territory and this is what I have been engaging the FG with, and unfortunately it has now gotten to this stage that if care is not taken, not even Abuja is safe.”
Gov Bello, who decried the security challenges in the state, expressed concern over the manner in which the wives of the locals have been taking over by Boko Haram members.
“They’ve taken over the territory, they’ve installed their flag. I am confirming that now. They’ve taken over the wives of people by force.
“Boko Haram elements are trying to use these areas as their home just like they did in Sambisa”, he said further.
He however said the government has been taking steps on the issue and will not relent on its efforts to curb the situation.
The governor, who said he is yet to lose hope in the Federal Government, insisted that he is not going to wait anymore, noting that the time has come to see reasons for a coordinated military action to take place.
“I have not lost hope from the federal government but I am not waiting for anyone anymore”, he added.