Terrorists operating in the North East are conducting weddings, parties and other ceremonies despite military operations in the region, a state governor has said.
To this end, the Governor warned that it is not time for the Nigerian Army to relent or relax, given that ISWAP’s activities are on the rise.
The governor’s comment is coming just as Elanza News have sighted serries of videos of terrorist groups operating within the North West and the North Central states holding parties, collecting tax and imposing levy on communities.
But Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has expressed concern over the activities of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), which he said is on the increase in Southern Borno Senatorial district.
Panicked by the unhindered terrorists operations, Zulum said he has information that the non state actors which have wage a war against the state recently conducted wedding ceremony with over 300 motor cycles.
According to the Governor, the terrorists organised party recently in Mandira Girei in Southern Borno.
The governor gave this revelation when the Senate Committee on Army paid him a visit in Borno State government house, Maiduguri.
The Committee was led by Mohammed Ali Ndume, who also represents Borno South Senatorial district at the National Assembly.
Zulum commended security agents for the feat they have recorded so far, but insisted that activities of ISWAP was on the surge which portends danger not only to Borno, but Nigeria in general.
He urged the troops to up their game, stressing that ISWAP are more sophisticated than Boko Haram.
“Honestly speaking, we have to do something,” Zulum said of the ceremonies being conducted by the terrorists group.
“Few days ago, I have a very good security information that they did a party, a wedding ceremony in Mandira Girau, with about 300 motorcycles, something needs to be done,” the governor who has been working hard along side the armed forces for an end to insecurity in the state, said.
Zulum said tragedy is in waiting if nothing is done to curtail their obvious presence, stressing that ISWAP are well armed, trained with sophisticated weapon and well funded which made it possible for them to kill the dreaded Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram sect.
According to him, it wasn’t time for the Nigerian Army to relent or relax, given that ISWAP’s activities are on the rise.