This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Clearing Sambisa Forest Will Quash Boko Haram, Says Legislator

A member of the House of Representatives from Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency, Hon. Biye Peter Gumtha, has suggested that the surest and simplest way to quash the bellicose stance of the Boko Haram sect is to clear the Sambisa forest, although he said that this may require half of the budget estimate for 2014. The forest, which happens to fall under his constituency, according to Gumtha " is a thick forest with variety of flora and fauna. The terrain is unlike the sahara desert in Northern Borno."

The law maker who described adherents of Boko Haram, holding more than 200 students as wicked and occultic, said despite the fact that the military had attempted to dislodge the terrorists' single camp in the forest, they have dispersed and erected more camps in different locations in the 60 square kilometers, densely packed jungle, "which requires the aid of a flash light for you to be able to find your way even in the afternoon."

He told the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA) that nothing is known about the condition of the abducted students, a situation that is causing more anxiety for their parents. "They are not in school or given out in marriage. Their abductors took them for the selfish reason of simply cheating them," Gumtha said.

But BBC Hausa, citing some community leaders in Chibok, reported that the girls have been ferried across Lake Chad to Cameroun and Chad.

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