Boko Haram May Attack NAF Base In Makurdi As Insurgents Now Disguise As Herdsmen
According to reports, the military authorities have received intelligence report of the plans by the Boko Haram sect to attack the Nigerian Air Force Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Benue State.
This is just as Governors yesterday raised the alarm over the infiltration of their states by suspected mercenaries posing as Fulani cattle rearers. The bandits are quite different from Fulani and well-armed, the governors said.
The authorities were said to have received the Boko Haram threat shortly after a clash between some Fulani herdsmen and the Tiv people in a community at the back of the Air Force Base, along Gboko Road, Makurdi on Wednesday.
As a result, the military authorities have tightened security in and around the airforce base to forestall any attack.
The heightened security at the Makurdi Air Force Base is taking place even as the Special Adviser to the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Cletus Akwaya, said that the attacks by the Fulani herdsmen on Benue communities had continued in spite of the heavy presence of security personnel in the area.
Akwaya said that most of the confrontation with the invading bands of Fulani herdsmen had been by the police.
On the infiltration of the state by insurgents posing as cattle rearers, the Governors the insurgents disguise as military men, they use AK-47 and their mission are not known, said the governors who fear that the insurgents may unleash terror on 17 states.
The state governors who raised concern about the latest development in the country’s long battle against insurgency at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, at the presidential villa, Abuja, are Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Idris Wada (Kogi).
Briefing State House correspondents after the NEC meeting alongside his Benue counterpart, Gabriel Suswam, Akwa Ibom State governor Godswill Akpabio said, “Comprehensive discussion was made in the council and the governors of Delta and Edo states say that people came into their states in trucks without cattle. Cattle grazers move around with cattle but these insurgents now come to town in their large numbers and in trailer loads.
“The governor of Kogi also confirmed that they have cordoned off an area because these people came in four trucks. They have asked security to cordon them. It is actually a cause for concern because mercenaries have taken over; what is happening is that this is beyond the Fulanis that we know and who are part of us. These are different crops of people either parading as Fulani or people who are Fulani from displaced areas because they are heavily armed.
“The Fulani around us here are never heavily armed. Even their women carry AK 47. So these are not the regular Fulani we are used to who are within our country. These are people moving into our country with a mission we are yet to know. But the NSA assured us that serious actions are being taken to address and contain these people who are moving into Nigeria from destinations that we do not even know.”
Akpabio hinted that Governor Suswam absolved three soldiers arrested by a group of youths in his state and clarified on the involvement of the military in communal clashes taking place in Benue, even as he said the insurgents most of the time wear military uniforms.
He said Suswam explained that the arrest of three soldiers by some youths in a community in Benue was done in error, adding that the soldiers did not go there to attack the community.
“It was not as if they came to attack but they were actually in the town. The fact of the matter is that the insurgents now wear military uniforms,” he stated.
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