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Boko Haram’s Population Cannot Be Allowed To Increase – Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has come out to say that over 10,000 Nigerian boys and girls are still being held by Boko Haram.

He recently revealed this in Makurdi during a virtual presentation as guest lecturer at the 2021 Press Week/Lecture organized by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Correspondents Chapel FCT Council, with the theme: Insecurity in Nigeria: Restoring Peace, Unity and Progress.

According to him, something has to be done on time because these captured Nigerians are currently being indoctrinated with militant fundamentalism, and the terror group has already killed over 30,000 Nigerians.

He added that Boko Haram has been largely responsible for the insecurity in the North-East geo-political zone for about a decade, so their population cannot be allowed to increase.

His words, “The terror franchise is responsible for killings, rape, public executions, bombings of public and private property, and places of worship, robbery and mass abductions. These include the abductions of the Chibok girls (2012); Damasak school children (2015) and the Dapchi girls (2018) including Leah Sharibu who is still in custody.”

“Reports indicate that Boko Haram is holding more than 10,000 boys and girls and continues to indoctrinate them into militant fundamentalism.”

“The group was responsible for the bombing of the UN building in Abuja and has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced more than three million people. The North East is still unstable and there does not seem to be any prospects of defeating Boko Haram soon.”

“States that have been worst hit are Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna. Boko Haram seems to be gradually coalescing with these militants in this axis for a final showdown with the Nigerian State.”

“Before the advent of Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other violent crimes were being perpetrated in almost all parts of the country. But the influx of foreign armed herdsmen into the country has led to the escalation of these criminal activities.”

“The proliferation of arms has further compounded the situation in the country. In Benue State, we have enacted laws to prohibit kidnapping, cultism, terrorism and other violent crimes with very stiff penalties to serve as deterrent.”

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