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Boko Haram Still a Threat – Nigerian Minister of Defence admits

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The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Alli, on Monday admitted that the security report still emanating from the troubled North Eastern part of the country is still worrisome.

The minister said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The admission comes on a day the Borno State Police Command said Boko Haram insurgents burnt down 40 houses in a reprisal in Mailari Village in Guzamala Local government Area of the state on Sunday.

Mr Demien Chukwu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who disclosed this at a news conference said that the terrorists stormed the town at about 8pm.

Chukwu said that the command had yet to ascertain the casualty figure.

Despite all efforts from the Nigerian government, and support by surrounding states, Boko Haram in northern Nigeria is far from defeated.

This was proven also on June 17, when at least 31 people were killed in explosions in the Damboa local government area (LGA) of Borno state.

Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered greatly under the increase of Islamist militant attacks. The number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 for the period April 2017 to April 2018, according to Control Risks’ report Changing patterns in the terrorist threat to business.

In West Africa, where 36% of the incidents were reported, Nigeria suffered most (220 incidents), followed by Mali (194) and Cameroon (96).

While not all incidents can be attributed to Boko Haram, the continued strengths of the extremists group is now starting to turn the public opinion against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mansur Dan-Alli said the meeting with President Buhari was a routine security briefing and an update on the one they had with him on August 2 before his departure to London for his vacation.

He said the meeting took an “absolute decision” on the worrisome report from the North East.

He however did not disclose the specifics of the decision.

The minister said, “The decision that has been taken is that we have seen that there is a lot of improvement in the security situation in the country more especially in Zamfara and Benue States and in the Niger Delta.

“In the North East, we are having worrisome report. We have looked into it critically and we have taken absolute decision.”

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