FG Urged To Deploy More Soldiers To Rural Areas In Borno State

The federal government has been asked to urgently deploy soldiers to rural communities of restive Borno State in order to prevent the forcefully enlistment of male youth and the constant kidnaps of young women.

Speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri on Sunday, the caretaker chairman of Mafa local government council in the state, Shettima Maina, said Boko Haram sect is currently kidnapping youths in Borno State in large numbers, stressing that the only way to stop this is for the government to massively deploy the military to the areas.

He bemoaned that rate at which the insurgents had forcefully abducted scores of youth in the last few days.

“We are appealing to the Federal Government to come to our aid as the insurgents have invaded our communities forcefully abducting both male and female youth in the area”. Maina said.

“Once they invade a community, they abduct all boys aged between 13 years and above and take them to their base,” he said adding that “the insurgents also abducted all girls aged between 11 years and above.”



    Maina said the insurgents have abducted about 30 youths in the last couple of days, adding that the terrorists were unleashing violence on the communities by carrying out daily attacks.

    “Based on the current attacks many households have had to escape to Maiduguri and other neighbouring towns for fear of being killed or losing their children to the insurgents.” He lamented.

    While confirming the killing of 17 persons after last week’s attacks by suspected terrorists at a village called Ndongo, he said they have called the attention of the authority to the problem, yet no action has been taken.

    A community leader in the village, Ashiekh Mustapha, also confirmed the killing, saying that the insurgents also made away with about 300 cows after the attacks.

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