What Shettima Is Doing About Alleged Mass Abduction

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Wednesday, ordered an investigation into the alleged abduction of 60 women in Damboa Local Government Area of the state by suspected members of the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

Kashim Shettima of Borno State

Kashim Shettima of Borno State

Isa Gusau, the governor’s Special Adviser on Communications who made this known in a statement issued in Maiduguri, revealed that the governor was worried over the reports of the alleged mass abduction.

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“Governor Shettima has read with serious concern, media reports about yet another abduction in part of Damboa Local Government Area of the state. He has since directed the chairman of the affected local government and other government officials from the affected areas to make very urgent but accurate enquiries from communities. He also directed them report to him as soon as they can, even as security agencies take appropriate actions. The governor views the reported abduction with all the seriousness it deserves” the statement read.

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It further added that: “He is also worried that weighty developments such as information concerning the abduction of 60 persons require careful enquiry in order to obtain information that is comprehensive and beyond any reasonable doubt. The governor is worried that only recently, leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association were reported as refuting similar reports that some 30 Fulani women were kidnapped at a community in Chibok” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the report of the alleged mass abduction was widely published on various media platforms, but according to vanguard, Aji Khalil, the Commander of Sector 5 unit of the Civilian-JTF in a phone conversation confirmed that about 91 people, comprising women, young girls as well as boys were abducted from seven communities in the state.  

“The women were abducted between Thursday and Sunday in southern Borno villages of Kummabza, Yaga and Dagu, Damboa local government area, Borno State” Khali said. “Some suspected Boko Haram members invaded Kumanza, Yaga and Dagu villages and kidnapped 91 persons. More than sixty married women and young girls, the rest 31 were young men and were forcefully taken away by Boko Haram terrorists. Four villagers who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot”. 

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