‘Boko Haram Terrorists In Control Of Two Borno LGAs’
The Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, has debunked claims that Boko Haram insurgents do not control any local government area in the Northeastern state.
The lawmaker, who represents Guzamala, made this call while briefing newsmen on the state’s 2023 budget presentation by Governor Babagana Zulum.
The Speaker revealed that two LGAs are being controlled by the terrorists, revealing the LGAs to be Guzamala and Kukawa in Borno North Senatorial District.
While appealing to the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and the military to dislodge the terrorists, Lawan said: “There is no peace in Guzamala Local Government Area because there is still no civilian or military presence there.
“I have consistently pleaded with the federal government to deploy security there so that the civil population can return. This situation is not restricted to my local government alone. The situation applies to Kukawa Local Government Area as well.
“The state government had relocated the IDPs from Kukawa back to their community, but the place remains a no-go area for public officers like me or even the local government chairman and his councillors.
“In the case of Guzamala, there hasn’t been a single military presence in the entire local government.
“This means the local government is still under the control of Boko Haram. The local government headquarters is deserted, and no sane human being lives there because the entire place is being controlled by Boko Haram.
‘’What we are saying is that two local government headquarters – Gudumbali and Kukawa towns are no-go areas for civic activities because Boko Haram is in control. And this should worry the federal government.
“We, the people from those local government areas are being affected by this setback because we have been left out for many years in the massive development projects that the state government has been deploying to other local government areas. These two council areas have received nearly zero developmental projects under the leadership of Professor Babagana Zulum in the last three and half years.’’