Niger: ‘Boko Haram has hoisted flag near Shiroro Dam power station’, Gov. Bello cries out

…Moves closer to Abuja

Boko Haram insurgents have taken over Shiroro local government area of Niger State, according to the  State governor, Abubakar Bello yesterday.

This development, observers say, threatens Nigeria’s power infrastructure and the capital, Abuja, as Shiroro hosts one of Nigeria’s largest power stations; also, the overrun LGA is barely 200 kilometres from Nigeria’s Federal capital, Abuja.

Gov.Bello said more than 3,000 people have been displaced across the State, including those fleeing Shiroro and Munya LGAs, but said that however, some of them have started going to their various homes.

Niger State has faced a relentless assault from rampaging bandits in recent months. Recall that the State was at the centre of repeated abductions earlier this year and continues to endure insecurity. 

Boko Haram’s activities in some parts of the North-Central region, as confirmed by the governor, came days after the insurgents overran Geidam, a large but densely populated community in Yobe.

The insurgents have reportedly circulated their flyers and asked all residents to comply with the dictates of an emerging caliphate. 

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