19 June 2018

Nigeria: Senator Names Two Boko Haram Bases Military Need to Attack

Photo: PHOTOESSAY: Returnees Make Their Way Home to Borno State

At least 2,000 people displaced by Boko Haram violence in Nigeria, returned to their communities after years of living in camps, the army said.

A federal lawmaker, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) has identified two black spots from which he says Boko Haram insurgents operate in Borno State.

He said the insurgents are operating from two bases: the Damboa/Gwoza/ Chibok axis and the Lake Chad axis.

He also urged security agencies to intensify efforts on the two locations.

He said this while reacting to the recent killings over the weekend in the outskirts of Damboa town in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

At least 31 persons were killed and about 48 others injured after suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers on Saturday attacked Abachari village in Damboa local government area, residents and witnesses have said.

The suicide bombers, said to be six by the army, reportedly targeted people returning home after a Sallah fair in Damboa.

In a statement from Saudi Arabia, Mr Ndume said if the military strikes at the bases, the insurgents would be tamed and possibly rendered harmless.

"We are appealing to the military to intensify operation on the darkest spots in Borno state where the insurgents are said to be carrying out their operations from.

"These two spots are reported to be Damboa/ Gwoza axis and the Lake Chad axis. It is suspected and reported that Abubakar Shekau, a factional leader of the sect is operating from the Chibok axis while the Mamman Nur's group operates from the Lake Chad axis," he said.

He said that if the military "visit the bases of the insurgents with superior firepower, the insurgents would be defeated."

"They should clear the two bases for us to have peace. These are the two reported and known bases of the insurgents in Borno State," he said.

He sympathised with the families of those who were killed in the attack, adding that he has sent a delegation to visit the injured at the hospital and donated an undisclosed amount of money to the victims.


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