Leadership – Reports from Mubi town which recently fell under the control of Boko Haram insurgents have indicated that leader of the sect Shiekh Abubakar Shekau has appointed a spiritual leader popularly called “Amir” who will ensure the strict implementation of Sharia Law in the town.
The appointment of the spiritual leader by the sect is to allow the Islamic Caliphate to take over the administration of the town including implementing strict Sharia Law as contained in Islam
The appointed spiritual leader according to reports have already started implementing the Sharia Law by meting out punishment to some errant residents of the town who allegedly stole properties of fleeing residents after the town was overran by the sect.
Sources from Mubi says “The sect has begun implementation of strict Shariah law as some trapped residents claimed to have witnessed the amputation of some persons who allegedly looted properties belonging to fleeing residents.”
Reports from the town also indicated that the Palace of Emir of Mubi have been converted to the resident of the “Amir” as Boko Haram flags were hoisted on the palace to signify that the sect is in control of the palace which is now the spiritual base of the sect.
A trapped resident of the town disclosed that sequel to the swearing in of the spiritual leader, a long convoy made up of a delegation believed to be envoys of were spotted entering into Mubi Town and made their way to the Emir’s palace annexed as the operational headquarters of the sect.
An eyewitness account revealed that the insurgents also paraded 10 persons whose hands were chopped off in the full glare of residents who were told to converge and witness the enforcement of strict shariah law on the suspects who allegedly looted residents’ properties.
The eyewitness said the insurgents have been harping that their main target is to dislodge Yola, as Adamawa State capital which is about 240 Kilometers away from Mubi.
Meanwhile Adamawa State Government has expressed sadness over the recent development in the state adding that it is working assiduously to bring an end to the sad episode.
The Government similarly empathises with trapped citizens and those stranded at the Cameroonian border, adding that it is working in synergy with the Presidency and the Minister of foreign Affairs to address the issues of refugees stranded at the Cameroonian border.
Governor Bala James Ngilari who made this known via a state wide broadcast yesterday has reassured the citizens of the state capital who are grappling with the influx of displaced persons, of government’s intervention, adding that the government is doing all that it can to address the situation.
“In the past two days, I have sent 77 vehicles to evacuate our internally displaced persons that are in the path of harm to be resettled in camps in suitable locations.
“I have also been in touch with the President, the Minister of Foreign affairs to address the issue of our citizens who are now refugees in Cameroon.
“I will continue to do all I can until they are provided with basic necessities such as food and water, and until they are brought back to our state to re-unite with their loved ones, families and friends”.
Ngilari also stated that a high powered committee has been set-up to come up with suggestions on how the government could handle the current situation.
While calling for assistance from international and local aid organizations, Ngilari said the state is wading through difficult times as he said apart from the insurgency bedevilling the state; it is also facing financial problems.
Govt Reviews Curfew Meanwhile, the Adamawa State government yesterday reviewed the curfew imposed on the state following the degeneration of security in the state.
Hitherto, the curfew commences between 11pm to 5pm but had been adjusted to commence from 9pm to 5pm.
The new change was contained in a Press Release signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Ibrahim Welye.
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