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Published On: Thu, Aug 28th, 2014

Insurgents turn Gwoza Emir’s palace to HQs

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Boko HaramFrom Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri, Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna with agency report

Indications emerged yesterday that the Boko Haram has turned the sacked Emir’s palace in Gwoza to their headquarters.

A senior official of the traditional council of Gwoza town in Borno State has disclosed that members of the Boko Haram sect are having a field day in territories they have captured and have turned the sacked Emir’s palace in Gwoza to their headquarters.

Speaking to AFP news agency, the official said: “As you are aware, part of the administrative unit of the palace was destroyed but the insurgents are using the remaining part as their headquarters.

It was learnt that the insurgents have also taken over the Vocational Training Centre in Gamboru by stationing dozens of their fighters there and are dishing out orders to residents

“In the past few days, even the old people who could not move to anywhere were taken out by the Boko Haram. They put them in vehicles and drove to the outskirts of Limankara, 16 kilometres away and left them there. Both Limankara village, the police training school there, Pulka village and dozens of communities around Gwoza are all under the control of the Boko Haram. “He said

Meanwhile, a Perth-based international adviser, hostage negotiator and onetime consultant to two former Nigerian presidents, Cheif Olusegun Obsanjo and late Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua, Dr. Stephen Davies has named the former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and the immediate chief of army staff lt-Gen Ihejirika as the Boko Haram back bones.

Davis while speaking on Arise Tv, said that Sheriff and Ihejirika do not only sponsor but use the group to target their political enemies for assassination.

Dr. Stephen Davis, who survived months of extreme danger to try to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram, has alleged that one of the primary sources of funding for the terror group is Nigerian politicians.

Davis with a PhD in political geography has worked in Nigeria in the past with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Church of England, Justin Welby, to negotiate the release of kidnapped oil industry workers in the Niger Delta.

He also worked for Shell in Nigeria in an advisory capacity between 2002 and 2004.

Speaking yesterday in an interview on ABC News, an Australian television station, Davis, 63, said he had realised the only way to stop the kidnappings was to stop the sponsors of Boko Haram.

While Al Qaeda was involved in training Boko Haram recruits, Davis said one of their major sources of funding, aside from raiding banks was Nigerian politicians.

“That makes it easier in some ways as they can be arrested, but of course the onus of proof is high and many are in opposition, so if the president (Goodluck Jonathan) moves against them, he would be accused of trying to rig the elections due early next year,” he said.

“So I think this will run through to the election unabated. These politicians think that if they win power they can turn these terrorists off, but this has mutated.

He said the situation is almost beyond the control of the political sponsors now as the terror groups are linking up in Somalia, southern Sudan, and Egypt and there fairly strong evidence they are talking with ISIS members.

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed hopes that the authorities will take the steps necessary to act on this revelation, and thereby discharge their duty to protect the citizens of Nigeria.

“We hope the authorities will take the steps necessary to act on this revelation, and thereby discharge their duty to protect us, the citizens of Nigeria. That is just what it is, a hope!” El Rufai said in his Facebook Wann yesterday.

According to him “Finally, the truth about BH is coming out. Hopefully, the murderers of General Muhammadu Shuwa, the abductors of the Chibok girls, those truly responsible for the Nyanya bombings, and attempted assassination of General Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi will be known.”

However, reacting to El-Rufa’i’s posting of the story on Facebook, the spokesman of Ali Modu-Sheriff, Dr. Umar Duhu said, “What El Rufa’i posted on his Facebook and Twitter page is purely a security matter. If El Rufa’i is desirous to help the security agents in their ongoing fight with the insurgency, the onus is now lies on El Rufa’i to substantiate his claim of linking the duo with insurgency.

“When His Excellency Sheriff decided to dump APC with millions of followers, he has become liable; Nigerians must learn to play politics without bitterness, if we must move forward as a Nation in a nascent, but fragile democracy”.

Also, all efforts to get the reaction of the Director Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade through phone calls and text messages did not yield any positive result.

This is even as the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday called on the Federal Government to as a matter of extreme urgency, investigate and unravel the actual reason for the failure of the military to live up to their past performance in tackling insurgency in the country.

According to the group, the effort of the military and other security agencies in the fight against insurgents in the country is not yielding any result and unimpressive.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) disclosed this after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kaduna.

The socio-cultural group further charged the military and federal government to ensure they recapture all territorial areas under the insurgents in part of North-East.


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