20 June 2018

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Senator Identifies Two Black Spots in Borno

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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.

Former Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, has identified two black spots militating against government's current fight against insurgency in Borno State.

The black spots, according to him, are Damboa/Gwoza/Chibok axis and Lake Chad axis.

Ndume has therefore urged security agencies to intensify efforts on the two identified black spots with a view to defeating the Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

Reacting to last weekend's killing of scores of people on the outskirt of Damboa town in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Ndume in a statement issued yesterday in Saudi Arabia emphasised that he had credible reports that the insurgents are operating from the two bases.

According to him, if the military attack the two bases, the insurgents would be tamed and definitely rendered harmless.

He said the bases were reported to be the operational bases of the insurgents.

"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.

"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, " Ndume further said.

He said if the military engage 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.

While condoling with the family of those who were killed in the Damboa's attack, Ndume added that he had also sent a delegation to visit the injured at the hospital.

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