Breaking news: Boko Haram have 'surrounded' Nigeria's Maiduguri, say elders.

Date: 11-09-2014 6:10 pm (7 years ago) | Author: SHORINOLA
[1] 2
- at 11-09-2014 06:10 PM (7 years ago)
(f)

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram fighters have surrounded the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and are preparing an imminent takeover, an influential regional group claimed on Thursday, calling for military reinforcements.
The warning from the Borno Elders Forum, made up of retired senior civilian and military officials, comes after the United States warned of an attack on the city and analysts claimed the government risked losing control of the region.
Maiduguri has special significance for Boko Haram. It was where the heavily armed Islamist group was founded as an anti-corruption movement in 2002 and is regarded as its spiritual home.

The forum voiced its fears after Boko Haram seized a number of towns and villages across Borno and in neighbouring Yobe and Adamawa states in recent weeks and declared one part of an Islamic caliphate.
In Borno, the militants are now said to control an area from the north around Lake Chad, down its eastern border with Cameroon and round to Bama, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Maiduguri to the south.
Nigeria's military has claimed to have retaken Bama but the elders said the government needed to act, asserting that the militants were in reach of the city.
"They have declared their caliphate ie independent Islamic State with their headquarters at the all-important and military strategic city of Gwoza," the elders said in an emailed statement.
"They declared the Gwoza Emir's palace as their seat of government, hoisting their flag there. They have annexed and are sitting in court in several other key towns and regions...
"They have completely surrounded the city of Maiduguri. It is apparent that their imminent target is to take the city of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital."
They added: "We wish to call on the federal government to urgently fortify in and around the city of Maiduguri."
- 'Horror, death, destruction and misery' -
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have been under emergency military rule since May last year but despite Boko Haram being driven out of Maiduguri by the military and civilian vigilantes, thousands of people have since died in the countryside.
Many more have been forced to flee their homes. A recent United Nations estimate said that as many as 650,000 people had been displaced both within Nigeria and into neighbouring countries.
The elders said that half of Borno state's 4.1 million population was now living in temporary accommodation in Maiduguri and there were genuine fears that an attack could exacerbate the crisis.
Roads and bridges have been destroyed, schools shut and the economy blighted, with Maiduguri without mains electricity for the last three months.
The elders even warned of "starvation" given that subsistence farmers in the state had not been able to plant crops this year because of the chaos.
Borno had been devastated by "five years of horror, death, destruction and misery", they added, and criticised the government for its "dismal but also frustrating" response to the insurgency.
The militants had been treated with "kid gloves", they said, while a supposed troop surge had not been effective.
Nigeria's military has seen dissent within the ranks, with soldiers complaining of a lack of adequate weaponry to fight the better-armed militants. Some soldiers have refused to deploy or fled attacks.
"The giant of Africa which has been contributing to the rescue and peacekeeping of many other countries has effectively allowed its own citizens to reach this level of disillusionment and despair," the elders said.
They added that there had not been enough political will to fight Boko Haram and warned that the situation risked "the total annihilation of the inhabitants of Borno".
Borno's governor Kashim Shettima last week vowed that Boko Haram would not succeed and sought to assure residents that the government had taken steps to protect them.
"With these steps and our combined efforts as state government and resilient people, we shall overcome this tribulation," he added.

source: http://www.ralphcrown.com/2014/09/boko-haram-have-surrounded-nigerias.html

Posted: at 11-09-2014 06:10 PM (7 years ago) | Newbie
- dynasty4all at 12-09-2014 12:24 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
THE BLOOD OF 3 MILLION BIAFRAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE STILL CRYING FOR VENGANCE
LET THEM CONTNUE KILLING THEMSELVES THERE
Posted: at 12-09-2014 12:24 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- Elfredino at 12-09-2014 12:29 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
 Huh? Huh? Huh?
Posted: at 12-09-2014 12:29 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
Reply
- morgrawl231 at 12-09-2014 03:02 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
USELESS BOKO AND RAMS ,,,,,,YOUR KINGDOM SHALL BE DESTROY ,,,,
Posted: at 12-09-2014 03:02 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- orjiwolo at 12-09-2014 03:47 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
Quote from: dynasty4all on 12-09-2014 12:24 AM
THE BLOOD OF 3 MILLION BIAFRAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE STILL CRYING FOR VENGANCE
LET THEM CONTNUE KILLING THEMSELVES THERE
God bless you my brother, this is pay back time for what they did to us
Posted: at 12-09-2014 03:47 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- Ndelta at 12-09-2014 04:49 AM (7 years ago)
(f)
Quote from: dynasty4all on 12-09-2014 12:24 AM
THE BLOOD OF 3 MILLION BIAFRAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE STILL CRYING FOR VENGANCE
LET THEM CONTNUE KILLING THEMSELVES THERE
Confirmed, you are absolutely right
Posted: at 12-09-2014 04:49 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
- seveneleven at 12-09-2014 04:53 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
alubarika
Posted: at 12-09-2014 04:53 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
- Wysetots at 12-09-2014 05:05 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
GEJ says.........."Boko Haram will be eradicated by Dec 2014"

What a joker !!
Posted: at 12-09-2014 05:05 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- chidi4reala at 12-09-2014 05:59 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
chai
Posted: at 12-09-2014 05:59 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
- beneno at 12-09-2014 06:12 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
 Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
Posted: at 12-09-2014 06:12 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
Reply
- odprince at 12-09-2014 07:03 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
THE FORUM ALWAYS SAID SAYS THAT THE NIGERIAN ARMY IS KILLING THE MUSLIMS?WHERE IS THE SULTAN OF SOKOTO WHO SPONSORS THE FORUM??IN FACT,BOKO HARAM SHOULD TAKE OVER THE NORTH AND BUHARI WILL BE THERE PRESIDENT AND ATIKU,SANUSI OR EL RUFAI WILL BE HIS VICE................
Posted: at 12-09-2014 07:03 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- zeigbo at 12-09-2014 08:57 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
na dem sabi

Posted: at 12-09-2014 08:57 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
Reply
- Nicksam at 12-09-2014 09:49 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
ONLY IN THE NORTH
Posted: at 12-09-2014 09:49 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- dareper at 12-09-2014 10:13 AM (7 years ago)
(m)
Oya, make them start killing their own. Up biafra!!
Posted: at 12-09-2014 10:13 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- Tallyayub at 12-09-2014 03:31 PM (7 years ago)
(f)
They can succeed now that the federal government has given them more arms in the name of attacking them in Adamawa and when jonathan and modu Sheriff went to Chad
Posted: at 12-09-2014 03:31 PM (7 years ago) | Newbie
Reply
- EmekaBlue at 12-09-2014 04:07 PM (7 years ago)
(m)
Boko Haram is in its DECLINING state..Dont mind any media promoting them..God Bless Nigeria Army/Airforce and d JTF Vigilantes..
Posted: at 12-09-2014 04:07 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- chicco77 at 12-09-2014 04:55 PM (7 years ago)
(f)
 Angry Angry Angry Angry
Posted: at 12-09-2014 04:55 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
Reply
- mudii2 at 12-09-2014 05:20 PM (7 years ago)
(m)
Quote from: dareper on 12-09-2014 10:13 AM
Oya, make them start killing their own. Up biafra!!

As tribalistic as you are! Remember Biafra is a failed state. At least Ihejerika has taken the revenge for you
Posted: at 12-09-2014 05:20 PM (7 years ago) | Newbie
Reply
- Larry28 at 12-09-2014 06:36 PM (7 years ago)
(f)
Ok
Posted: at 12-09-2014 06:36 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- kenstew at 12-09-2014 06:42 PM (7 years ago)
(m)
 Huh? Huh? Huh? I am not surprised any more, for the simple fact that the President and other stupid politicians are so adamant about the issues at hand. It is quite shameful to see the way these stupid "Cancers" which should have been eradicated in a blink of an eye still causing the innocent citizens pain and agony. I think the citizens of Nigeria should cry out for help just the way Iraq does, instead of acting on a notion of "suffering and smiling" giving the world a positive impression "We are doing good and we can handle the situation ourselves" when you knew there is little you could do to protect the citizens. At this stage, i can easily conclude that the government should be held responsible for these stupid cancer boko haram continuous operation in the country, for the simple fact that they are not doing anything to combat  these idiots cancers.
Posted: at 12-09-2014 06:42 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
[1] 2

fire TRENDING GISTS fire

TODAY'S TOP
  1. See How Peter Obi Replies Man Threatening To Sue Him If He Fails To Declare 2023 Presidency

  2. Obeying IPOB’s Sit-At-Home Order And Get Severe Punishment – Umahi Threatens Ebonyi Indegenes

  3. Check Out Fans Reaction as Rosy Meurer Shares Video of Churchill Serving Her Breakfast in Bed

  4. I Masturbate Sometimes – Rapper Dremo Reveals

  5. Canadian Singer Celine Dion Cancels All Tour Due To Devastating Health Condition

  6. Small Boys Killing Girls Just To Drive Benz - Actor, Okon Lagos Laments

  7. Poverty No Dey Die By Fire O, Go Find Update – Erigga Advises

  8. Everton Manager, Rafael Benitez Booted Out As Manager After Six Months In Charge

  9. Men, Don’t Throw Your Apology At Women – Alex Unusual


THIS WEEK
  1. ‘I Killed My Mother For Benz. If You Are Jealous Of Me, Go & Kill Yours Too’- Yahoo Boy (Video)

  2. Governor Nyesom Wike Mentions Name Of Police Boss Who Owns Illegal Refinery In Rivers State

  3. Viral Video Of Popular Female Preacher, Mummy G.O. Drinking Beer With A Man At A Joint

  4. “I Warned Her To Be Careful With Men” – Mum Of Lady Found Dead In Jos With Vital Organs Missing

  5. Woman Whose Husband Killed Their Three Children & Dumped Them In A Freezer Breaks Silence (Vid)

  6. Femi Otedola Accompanies His Friend, Aliko Dangote To Renew Driver’s License In Lagos (Photos)

  7. Check Out This Hilarious Reply Of Singer Mayorkun After Being Ask Of His Favorite S£x Position

  8. 2023! "Why I Will Win Presidential Election" – Presidential Aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

  9. "Charly Boy Collected N70m To Back 50 Cents Against Me" – Veteran Rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem

  10. Lady Battling For Her Life After Being Shot Alongside Her Mum & Co-Wife At Her Husband's Burial


TOP MEMBERS: