The Borno State Governor, Mr. Kashim Shettima has expressed worry on how Boko Haram had taken over eight out of the 27 local government areas of the state.
Shettima who disclosed this yesterday while receiving members of the Federal Government Sub-committee of the Victims Supporters Fund in Maiduguri. He said that the continued attacks on communities in the state had created hardships on the people.
He said, “The insurgents have taken over nearly eight LGAs in the state. “They have taken over Gamboru-Ngala, Kala-Balge, Marte, Dikwa, Gwoza, Bama, Askira-Uba and part of Konduga local government areas. “The insurgents have also carried out recent attacks in Abadam, Kukawa”.
Shettima, however, expressed optimism that the insurgency would end in a short while, saying “I strongly believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. ‘We are going to bounce back very soon by the grace of God”.
Speaking earlier, the sub-committee chairman on data collection, Retired Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep has commended the governor for his supports to insurgency victims.
‘We commend the responsible leadership of Shettima for what he has been doing in helping victims of insurgency in the state,” Wuyep said.
He said that the state alone could not be able to effectively provide help to victims of insurgency, especially with the renewed attacks on villages.
Wuyep said, “The Federal Government will step in to provide supports to the IDPs. The sub-committee was set up to gather data on the number of IDPs and infrastructure that were destroyed for government to intervene. “Our sub-committee was set up to get the details on the ground so that government can intervene”.
He said that the sub-committee decided to visit Borno fist because of the enormity of damage done by the insurgents in the state.
Meanwhile, members of the Boko Haram, have instituted Shara law in Mubi, Adamawa State which captured last week.
The insurgents were also said to have amputated the hands of 10 residents said to have been found guilty of sundry offences, including looting of property of fleeing residents.
Sources in Mubi town said they saw the terrorists parading 10 persons whose hands were said to have been amputated.
The victims were said to been amputated in the presence of residents the insurgents asked to converge to witness the enforcement of Sharia law.
An eye witness account indicated that two imams were dragged out from a mosque and beheaded for allegedly preaching against Boko Haram. The insurgents also advised all Christians in the Mubi Local Government Area to relocate to other areas except they were prepared to be islamised or be killed.
The source further said that the Emir’s palace in Mubi had been converted to the residence of the ‘Amir’ and that the insurgents hoisted their flags to signify that they were in control of the palace.
Our correspondent learnt that the most affected by the development in Mubi were students of the Adamawa State University and the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi.
The students were said to have gone through torture before some of them reportedly escaped through the border between Nigeria and Cameroun. Some of them were said to still be in the bush.
“I must give thanks and praises to God almighty for spearing my life; I saw as people were being slaughtered like goats. I am to happy to see myself alive”, a female student of the Federal Polytechnic, told our correspondent in Yola on Sunday.
The insurgents said their mode of prayer was different from what Muslims in the twon were used to and that they were “in Mubi to restore Islamic indepdence to the people and anybody who does not follow us must be killed”.
“We are not to hurt anyone but to free the people from religious salavery”, a source quoted the insurgents to have said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, AlhajiZanna Mustapha, has said that the Federal Government needs to adopt more stringent measures against Boko Haram in the North-East.
Mustapha told journalists on Monday at the Government |House, Yola, that the state governments of Adamawa, Borno and yobe had raised the alarm over the future of their states as a resulf of rising occupation of towns and villages by Boko Haram.
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The Rivers State Government has expressed worries over the high level of non-compliance of health protocols with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, warning that henceforth any resident caught without wearing facemask will be arrested and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim handed down the warning while speaking on a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt on Saturday and monitored by the Tide.
Nsirim who is Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee on Enlightenment for Covid-19 recalled the unhappiness of Governor Nyesom Wike during last Wednesday’s State broadcast with the attitude of many residents who flaunt extant directives on the wearing of facemask and other health protocols.
“The Governor in that broadcast also expressed concern that a lot of people in the State are not obeying the protocols. Social distancing, wearing of facemask and he spoke specifically in what is happening in some churches. Government will introduce policies, the onus is on the populace to obey those policies.
“Not just obeying it, the Covid-19 pandemic that we are talking about has defied medical solution for now. So to flatten the curve, everyone living and doing business in Rivers State has to take responsibility.
“If I take responsibility and everyone around me takes responsibility to observe the relevant protocol, we are sure to flatten the curve. But if people live righteously and just do as if nothing is happening because there are places where people are just living in denial.
“Some people still believe that there is nothing like Coronavirus. Two weeks ago, my committee rounded off street to street campaign in all the 23 local government areas of the State. They still met people who are in this denial. That is the challenge.
“The Governor is desirous that Rivers State remains safe. That is why he is initiating policies to ensure that strategically the state is somehow isolated from the national spread,” the Commissioner said.
Nsirim further said, “If you go around the State, since the executive order on facemask was introduced. You will notice that less than
30 per cent of the populace are really obeying that executive order. What we are seeing in the State is that people just put the mask around their chin.
“You go to some churches we see people open their mouth and things will be spewing out in the enclosed environment on the chin. The Governor is saying that to give this wearing of facemask the kind of weight that it deserves to save our people, a special taskforce be put in place.
“That is the only sure way because a lot of people are still living in denial. He said the governor’s broadcast is very clear, arrest and prosecute. Henceforth we will arrest and prosecute people not wearing facemask in public places,” he stated.
The Rivers State Government spokesman said arrangements have been concluded to monitor churches that fail to observe the guidelines of not more than 70 persons per church service, wearing of facemask, provision of water for hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, while weddings and burial ceremonies should not exceed 50 persons.
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