A group of eminent persons in Borno State under the aegis of Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum, have frowned at the rising Boko Haram attacks in the state, calling for more military action to halt the ugly trend .
The forum stated this at a press briefing yesterday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, as its Chairman, Zanna Hassan Boguma, said the people of the state were worried about “the recent development in the state including abduction of innocent people, attack on the governor’s motorcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood.”
He said the insurgents had taken over most parts of northern Borno, especially communities around the shores of Lake Chad, adding that more people have been fleeing their homes in recent times following increasing attacks.
“Everyday, people flee their communities because of attacks. Most of the communities in northern Borno are now deserted due to attacks,” he said.
The forum alleged that economic interest was prolonging the Boko Haram war, urging government to address the economic aspect of the insecurity. “There is commercialization of the Boko Haram war. The military has been accused of engaging in business in the area from the reports we got from the locals,” the chairman said.
He also alleged commercial activities by Boko Haram around the coastal areas of Lake Chad shores in northern Borno have been sustaining the insurgents.
The military had earlier described the allegation of troops engaging in fish business in the Lake Chad shores as unfounded . Deputy Thestre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Felix Omoigoi recently told reporters that the allegation was not verified.