Sani Musa, senator representing Niger East district, has stated that 42 communities in Niger State area under the control of Boko Haram terrorists.
About 5,000 villagers are said to have been displayed in the last three days in the state.
This is coming a day after the state governor, Abubakar Bello, raised the alarm that the terrorists have hoisted their flag in some communities.
Speaking on the floor of the senate on Tuesday while moving a motion on the killings in Shiroro, Munya and Rafi Local Government areas of the state, Musa said over 475 persons have been killed by bandits and terrorists in his constituency since January 2020.
The federal lawmaker expressed worry that for almost seven years now, Niger East senatorial district has come under constant and sustained multiple deadly attacks by “heartless, venomous and hydraheaded terrorists”.
“The result has been total collapse of the local economies of the affected victims, total collapse of educational system in the affected areas, famine due to collapse of agricultural activities, displacement as a result of desertion of crisis prone areas, depopulation as a result of wanton deaths, among others”, he stated.
Musa also said the attacks are taking place in the absence of the slightest “hindrance, resistance or confrontation” from authorities.
“They have kidnapped many and their wives seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. Three military camps in Allawa, Bassa and Zagzaga in the two local government areas have been sacked and some security personnel killed by the insurgents in the last one month of renewed attacks”, he lamented.
“I can authoritatively confirm that the Boko Haram terrorist have mounted their flags in many of the villages they have captured such as Kaure, Alawa and Magami. Inhabitants of these war-torn parts of the State have been abandoned and left to their fate thereby compelling them to wallow in perpetual agony and abject misery.
“Furthermore at this moment primary schools in Gwada, Kuta, Pandogari and Minna have hurriedly been turned to IDP camps following the sacking of nearly 5600 villagers from their ancestral homes in Shiroro, Rafi and Munya local government areas in the last few weeks by bandits who raided the towns and villages. And what this means is that if they can launch attacks without hindrance in Niger East Senatorial District then I don’t see how we can be safe in Abuja anymore”.
He noted that between March 2021 to date, the same terrorists have killed more than 25 soldiers, mobile policemen and other security personnel, while more than 16 civilians have also been killed, with many unaccounted for.
“If this menace is not drastically addressed, the attacks will continue and the danger is that it may escalate further to other communities. which are mostly farming communities and they are farmers, may desert their farms this season and this will negatively affect the food sufficiency and economic diversification policy of the Federal Government,” he added.