Boko Haram Hoists Flag in Niger village, not even Abuja is safe – Gov. Bello
The sleepy attitude of the Nigerian government towards Boko Haram insurgents has emboldened the terrorist group as they have overrun Kaure community in Niger State, about two kilometres away from Abuja.
The state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Monday confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists had hoisted their flag in Kaure village, in Shiroro local government area of the state.
With the proximity of Kaure to Abuja, the governor warned that “not even the people in Abuja are safe.”
He also said in an emotional voice that the insurgents have forcefully taken over the wives of some of the villagers and allocated them to themselves.
Bello who made the revelation in Minna when he visited the Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp at the IBB Primary School near the Emir of Minna’s Palace, said keeping quiet will not solve the problem.
He said: “I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements here in Niger State, here in Kaure, I am confirming that they have hoisted their flags here.
“Their (residents of Kaure) wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. I just heard that they have placed their flags at Kaure, meaning they have taken over the territory.
”This is what I have been engaging the federal government on, unfortunately it has now got to this level. If care is not taken, even Abuja is not safe.
“We have been saying this for long. All our efforts have been in vain. I hope the time has come for a more coordinated military activity to take place”.
He continued: “Sambisa is several kilometres from Abuja but Kaure is just two kilometres from Abuja. So nobody is safe anymore, not even those in Abuja.
“This is the time to act. All hands must be on deck, it is not a fight for Niger state alone.
“I am not waiting for anyone anymore, I am going to take action”, the governor said.