Amidst cries of Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness (HRH), Alhaji Abubakar Umar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi said the state is still under the control of the terrorist group.

 

He stated this when President Muhammadu Buhari paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Shehuri, Maiduguri.

 

While dismissing the claim by Security agencies that the military operations in some parts of the state and Lake Chad Region was yielding positive result, he disclosed that farmers are afraid to venture into their farmlands because any attempt to do so means death or abduction by the Boko Haram terrorists.

 

He said that no body can move out of the city beyond 5 or kilometres without being killed or kidnapped.

 

He also commended President Buhari for his administration’s effort in ending insurgency, added that there is much that needs to be done to liberate the people from the lingering crisis.

 

He said: “On behalf of the traditional institution in Borno, I want to commend Your Excellency for the commitment you have given towards ending the lingering crisis of Boko Haram.

 

“It is unfortunate that despite all efforts put in place to restore peace in our land and the North East, we the people of Borno State are still under Boko Haram siege.

 

“Nobody can dare move out of Maiduguri by 10 kilometres without being confronted/attacked by Boko Haram.

 

“Quite a number of farmers are being killed and kidnapped on a daily basis around Molai General Area, which is just 10 kilometres away from the metropolis, along Maiduguri -Damboa -Biu road.

 

“Most of the surrounding villages and communities in Konduga, Damboa, Mafa and other local government areas have been razed down in the last two weeks.

 

“We plead that the federal government and the security agencies review the strategies in nipping this lingering crisis in the bud.”