Terr@rists have created a ‘parallel’ govt in Kaduna — Gov. El-Rufai writes Pres. Buhari

 

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that terr@rists have formed a “parallel” government and “permanent operational base” in the state.

The governor said this in a memo sent to the president in late July, Premium Times reports.

According to the report, the terr@rists belonging to Ansaru al-Musulmina fi Bilad al-Sudan, or Ansaru for short, are believed to have moved to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State in 2012 when they broke away from Boko Haram.

It was gathered that the terr@rists that formed Ansaru were responsible for some of the high-profile att@cks claimed by Boko Haram before the split.

Such att@cks included the UN building bombing of August 2011 and the kidn@p of some foreigners. According to the sources, Ansaru pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM, in 2020, and is responsible for many of the high-profile abd#ctions as well as armed att@cks on the police in Kaduna State.

In the memo, Mr El-Rufai lay bare how the terr@rists have infiltrated and dominated communities and formed “a parallel governing authority,” exercising control over social and economic activities and dispensation of justice in the area.

He said the terr@rists have advanced in their plans to make Kaduna forest areas their “permanent operational base” for the North-west region, citing a “series of intelligence reports.”

“Observed movement patterns and intercepted communications of migrating terr@rists have shown a clear interest in setting up a base, with the stretches of forest area between Kaduna and Niger states strongly considered,” he wrote.

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