Governor Babagana Zulum from Borno State has lifted the alarm that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) recruits more fighters. The governor, on Wednesday, declared this when he received the Senate Committee on Army in Maiduguri, the state’s capital, saying the ISWAP fighters are more harmful and more funded than the Boko Haram rebels.
According to him, the result would be fatal to Nigeria, fearing that the fighters are better chased out of the country early if the hazard is not checked on time.
He stated, “I must applaud the Nigerian Army for the relative peace in numerous regions of the state, but I like to implore the military to take the battle against the rebels and hunt them out because ISWAP is presently recruiting warriors in some regions of the state”.
Suppose nothing is accomplished to check and dive into the growing existence of ISWAP fighters who are more suitable armed, better equipped, more deadly, more refined, and acquire more funds than Boko Haram. In that case, it will be fatal to Borno State and the country in general, he further highlighted.
The (ISWAP) are expanding spontaneously, and it is not problematic for us to handle these issues; we ought to seek ISWAP at this early stage.
“ISWAP warriors are climbing checkpoints between Damboa and Biu; they are gathering taxes from residents because just three days ago, I got security details that they held a party (ceremony) with over 300 machines. There is a need to do something in the axis of Chibok, Askira, and Damboa”.
He further highlighted that another problem which lies is that two of the regional government headquarters are even beneath the power of Boko Haram terrorists, Malumfatori in Abadam provincial Administration and Guzamala.
“We want the proprietors of these 2 regional management to handle over, that is, the two local governments and the government of Borno State. I have applauded the Nigerian Army for the comparative ease in numerous regions of the state, and there is nothing incorrect if I request them to rouse up from the shuteye in handling the issues of ISWAP,” following the statement he concluded.