The government of Niger State, in north-central Nigeria, has announced the arrest of nine people, including a doctor, on suspicion of being Boko Haram informants.
The men admitted to disclosing the movements of troops to Boko Haram fighters, according to Abdulberqy Ebbo, the director-general of strategic operations, ICT, and public enlightenment unit at the Niger State Government House.
“One of the nine arrested bandits’ informants in Niger state is a medical doctor, and they’ve also admitted to giving bandits details on troop movements,” Ebbo said.
One of the 9 arrested bandits’ informants in Niger state is a medical doctor, they’ve also confessed to leaking information on troops movements to bandits. What could more horrendous than drumming support for your own people to be killed and their farm lands destroyed?
— Abdullberqy Ebbo (@Nupenchi_) April 27, 2021
For more than two decades, Boko Haram insurgents have waged a terror campaign in Nigeria’s northeast.
While Boko Haram insurgents have been largely confined to the northeast, the terror group’s activities in Niger State have increased in recent months.
When armed bandits invaded Government Science College (GSC) Kagara in February, at least 27 students and 14 others, including teachers, were abducted.
In the province, gunmen accused of being Boko Haram rebels have killed or abducted dozens of people.
On Monday evening, the state’s governor, Sani Bello, announced that the terror group had raised its flag in parts of the state.
According to Bello, the party controls at least 50 million communities. He expressed concern that the group may want to set up shop in the state.
Bello said, “They’ve taken over the territory and installed their flag.” “I’m going to confirm that right now. They’ve taken over people’s wives by force,” he said.
“Just as they did in Sambisa, Boko Haram elements are attempting to make these areas their home.”
Boko Haram’s existence in the state foreshadows danger for Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Before President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May 2015, the group had carried out many attacks in the region.
Bello, who appeared despondent, said the Nigerian government had not given any assistance and that he would not wait for it.
“I haven’t given up confidence in the federal government, but I’m no longer waiting for anyone,” he said.