The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, who once boasted in 2014 that General Muhammadu Buhari would crush Boko Haram if elected president, on Thursday cried out that terror groups Boko Haram and Ansaru are taking over two local government areas of Birnin-Gwari and Giwa in his state.
The governor raised the alarm while receiving the 2022 First Quarter Security Report at the Government House, Kaduna, disclosing that one of the kidnap victims, a roommate at the university, told him that the terrorists in one of their conversations, said the “forest in Kaduna is better than that of Sambisa so they should all relocate here.”
The report presented by the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said 360 persons were killed either by bandits, terrorists or communal violent clash in the state between January and March 2022.
The governor said the presence of the terrorist groups, especially in the North-West is potentially more serious and dangerous than that of the North-East, asking the military and other security agencies to take action.
According to him, with the presence of these terror groups, the problem of insecurity had moved from the Northeastern part of the country to the Northwest.
He also dropped the hint idea of clearing three communities of Rijana, Katari and Akilibu, all in the Kachia Local Government Area of the state over their alleged involvement in kidnapping incidents along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway over the years.
The governor said, “It is unfortunate that in spite of our investment in human, material and other resources to stem the tide of criminality in the state, the levels are still a source of concern.
“This presentation has brought out new emerging concerns that I will want the security council to take note of and discuss and maybe to proffer some suggestions.
“The first great concern is the emergence of Boko Haram terrorists enclave as well as activities of Ansaru, particularly in Birnin-Gwari and Chikun Local Government.
“Among those kidnapped from the train, was a former roommate and classmate of mine who was released upon payment of a ransom and throughout the period that he was in captivity, it was very clear that the terrorists were making comments like the forests in Kaduna are even better than Sambisa, so, they should all relocate here. I think this is an area we should all be concerned about.
“And that is why we have been making the point that the problem of insecurity now has moved from the North-East to the North-West. What is happening in North-West is far more serious and potentially more dangerous than we have ever had in the North-East and we will like the military and other security agencies to take notice of this before it gets out of control.
“The second which is related to the first is the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) and mines in the state. We have been lucky thanks to the Police we have been able to defuse most of them without causing major loss of lives. This is still a major concern. Because this shows very clearly the movement from banditry to terrorism with expertise in making explosive devices. Again this is because Boko Haram and Ansaru elements have moved into the state.”
He added that approval would soon be given to the Kaduna State Vigilance Service for the recruitment of additional 1000 personnel to complement the efforts of the military, police and other security agencies in the fight against terrorism in the state.
“From what we have seen, the security agencies are overstretched, we really need to ramp up our recruitment of our vigilance service volunteers, I think the 1,000 we trained have been very useful in assisting the Army, the Police and other security agencies and perhaps this is the time to get another 1,000 ad send them to Police College for training.”
While running for president in 2015, supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari had flaunted his military credential, saying, as commander-in-chief, he will defeat Boko Haram and help the country overcome its security challenges. It was also said that a Buhari government would make the Naira equal to the dollar. Then the Naira exchanged for N165 to one US dollar.
None of the two promises, like many others, have been fulfilled seven years into Buhari’s presidency. Presently, it takes about N600 to buy a dollar in the black market.