Critical Times News : Boko Haram retaking Nigerian territories, says Atiku

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Boko Haram retaking Nigerian territories, says Atiku

A presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday in Jigawa State said the extremist group, Boko Haram, was taking back Nigerian territories hitherto recovered by troops.

The former vice president spoke after a closed-door meeting with a fellow Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido, at the latter’s home in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

The presidential aspirant did not elaborate on the new territories allegedly retaken by the terror group.

Although, the federal government has repeatedly said the Boko Haram no longer controls any Nigerian territory, the group has been able to carry our major attacks on military bases and civilian communities despite security presence.

One of such attacks occurred on Saturday when Boko Haram members attacked a military base and neigbouring communities in Guzamala Local Government Area. Hundreds of residents of the affected communities have since moved to other areas including the Borno State capital, Maiduguri; although the military said it has retaken the attacked towns.

The Boko Haram insurgency has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009, according to the Borno State Government. The insurgents have, since the Muhammadu Buhari administration assumed office in 2015, been largely limited to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in North-eastern Nigeria. Before then, they freely carried out attacks in Abuja, Kaduna, Niger and other Northern Nigerian states.

Mr Abubakar is from Adamawa State where he owns a private university, a radio station and several other businesses.

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