Let us not allow the recent release of 21 Chibok girls mislead us into thinking Boko Haram has relented or its power over Chibok is diminished. According to Chibok leaders, the control of Boko Haram over Chibok communities is stronger than ever. Thousands have fled and remain displaced and living in camps. Chibok continues to be a dangerous place to live for Christians.
11/28/2016 Nigeria (Premium Times) – Weeks after they celebrated the release of 21 of their abducted daughters, the people of Chibok in Borno State say their communities are being overrun by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
They said at least nine communities under Chibok local government area have been either attacked, sacked or burnt down by rampaging Boko Haram insurgents.
The federal government has said that talks are continuing with Boko Haram for the release of some 196 Chibok girls still in captivity.
But the recent upsurge of hostilities by Boko Haram within and around Borno State, has raised concerns about the prospect of such talks.
The chairman of Chibok local government area, Yaga Yarkawa, on Monday, told journalists in Maiduguri that the most attack on Chibok communities took place was in Thlaimaklama village.
He said hundreds of persons fled their homes as the insurgents torched houses, looted foodstuff and stole livestock.
“Chibok is now under Boko Haram siege,” he said.
“Contrary to claims by government and security operatives, Chibok is not safe. There has been series of renewed attacks on our communities. As I am talking to you now the villages of Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu, Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari and Kakulmari have all been attacked, and burnt down completely in the past weeks.”