Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has again raised the alarm over the presence of Boko Haram in the state, saying they are now in border towns with Abuja, the nation’s capital.
This is the second time the governor was alerting on the regrouping of the Darussalam terrorists turned Boko Haram in Nasarawa State.
On January 22, 2021, Sule had told State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa that members of the Boko Haram sect were regrouping in the state and carrying out acts of violence.
He said members of the sect who were dislodged from a location along the Abuja/Nasarawa borders last year had regrouped along the Nasarawa/Benue borders, wreaking havoc.
Speaking yesterday during an expanded security meeting at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital, Governor Sule said some bandits that were dislodged recently in Ottu, Toto local government area of the state, by security agencies have metamorphosed into Boko Haram and are found in three local government areas of the state.
“Unfortunately, a lot of them who had been members of Darusalam that have turned into Boko Haram, have now regrouped in places like Borkono, Kabusu, Panda, Paha Sha Biyar, Ambaka and Gidan Rai in Nasarawa, Karu and Wamba local government areas,” the governor stated.Governor Sule, however, revealed that the state government was adopting proactive measures to curb security challenges posed by the recent situations in some parts of the country.
He said due to the recent kidnapping of students in some states, security around schools in the state will also be beefed up, while the activities of vigilante groups are also to be enhanced.
He stated that special units of the Mobile Police Force have been deployed to some locations in the state, just as the military have also embarked on surveillance across the state.
According to the governor, it has become expedient to adopt cogent measures as a result of the regrouping of the bandits earlier dislodged from Uttu forest in Toto local government area.
He added that the state government was also concerned about the recent security concerns involving Hausa-Fulani in the south-western part of the country and the influx of unknown Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the state.
Governor Sule also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and other security services for helping Nasarawa State attend to its security challenges.
After the closed-door session of the meeting, the State Commissioner of Justice, Dr. Abdukarim Kana, explained that the security council urged the people of the state to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement of persons to security agencies.