Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State have contradicted recent claims by the Federal Government and the Nigerian military that Boko Haram has been completely wiped out, Daily Post reports.
According to them, some towns are still under the control of Boko Haram terrorists.
It would be recalled, late December, the President Muhammed Buhari-led government had declared ‘technical’ victory over the terrorist group.
However, the declaration was quickly followed by deadly attacks by the group in Maiduguri and Adamawa. Officials say about 60 people were killed, some sources say the dead were close to 150.
The chairman of the IDPs in Kuchingoro, Mr. Philemon Emmanuel dispelled the claims, saying that Gworza LGA and other towns within the area were still under the control of Boko Haram.
He also added that they were under pressure by the National Emergency Agency and National Human Rights Commission to return to their various communities in order to prove that the insurgents have been defeated
Mr. Emmanuel, made this known yesterday when Senator Dino Melaye, who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, marked his birthday with them.
According to him, “NEMA and the NHRC have continually told us we will go back to our villages that Boko Haram has been pushed out of our villages, which is not true.
“No military went to our villages. There is no military in Gwoza as our villages are controlled by Boko Haram. We are begging you to take our complaints to the National Assembly. You can help us to talk to the Chief of Army Staff so that he can send soldiers to our villages to flush out the insurgents. If we are able to confirm that Boko Haram has been flushed out from our villages, even, tomorrow, we are ready to go back.”