The Chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU), Ishaq Usman Kasai, has spoken on the presence of members of Ansaru terrorist organisation, a breakaway group of Boko Haram, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.
Newsbreak reports that in a recent interview with Nigerian Tribune, Kasai warned that Ansaru’s presence in Birnin-Gwari and their recruitment of locals can worsen the insurgency conflict in Nigeria’s northern region.
“The presence of Ansaru in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area and their recruitment of locals are a great cause for concern to our people. We fear the growth of the interaction and movement of terrorists to our area,” Kasai said.
“This means that Ansaru’s presence in our area and recruitment of locals amidst the inability of government to provide security have ramifications for the growth of Al-Qaeda in West Africa because it could lead to Al-Qaeda uniting its Sahelian and Nigerian jihad theatres.
“We are afraid that Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area is being considered by internationally connected terrorists as their new operational base after being technically dislodged from the North-East.
“Ansaru members go to mosques in various communities in the area wearing military uniform, preaching and sharing pamphlets containing their ideology to congregations.
“It is our concern that many villagers are losing hope in government for protection against bandits and are beginning to develop interest in joining Ansaru so that they can live freely and do their businesses without fear in their communities. Therefore, the operation of this terrorist organisation in our area is a serious concern.”
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