The North East Coalition Against Terrorism (NECAT) has reacted with a denial to reports in some section of the media that Boko Haram terrorist group has hoisted their flag in some villages in Borno state.
Speaking on Wednesday, NECAT National Coordinator, Yusuf Mshelizza, described it as untrue and a total misrepresentation of the true situation in the affected villages.
He said “We however observed recent reports that insinuated that the terrorists hoisted their black flag in Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah villages near Chibok in Borno state. This report caused such anguish and despondency among the populations of neighbouring communities, who became understandably agitated in fear that the terrorists were back. It is in the interest of these citizens that we deemed it necessary to set the record straight that no single village around Chibok is under the control of Boko Haram.
“It is true that Boko Haram has renewed its onslaught on some communities after recruiting some miscreants from the neighboring countries of Niger and Chad. These are the new cohort of fighters they are using to carry out hit and run attacks by first blending into the civilian population to beat military checkpoints.
“However, no single village was lost to the terrorists. They invaded these communities at night and were repelled by the military, which promptly intervened and saved the situation.
“From the much we gathered after interacting with residents of the affected villages we discovered that some confusion occurred in recounting the events of Monday, September 26, 2016. After thorough investigation and visits to the affected communities, we concluded it is best to convene this briefing to set the record straight.
“Panicked villagers under attack had sent out distress call to other communities. The initial news stories were written on the strength of this first accounts that detailed the carnage perpetrated by the terrorists. This was what was misconstrued as Boko Haram capturing the villages.”
In the same vein, the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, on Tuesday, said:
“There is no presence of the terrorists in any of the villages talkless of hoisting flags as alleged.”
Usman, however, admitted that some remnants of the terrorists at about 4.35 p.m. on Monday attacked Boftari, about 15 kilometres from Chibok town.