“It is sad as we have been made to understand that Marte is today (Friday) completely fallen under the control of the insurgents, which to us is a very huge setback. It is unfortunate that we are experiencing yet another attack in Maiduguri at this time that we are thinking that the insurgency should have subsided, following the taking over of Sambisa Forest by the military. Our thinking was that every other place should have been blocked so that the insurgency would be contained in a restricted area. But that has not been the case,because the insurgents have been fleeing to other communities.
Deputy governor of the Borno state Alhaji Zannah Mustapha said members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram have Captured Marte town in Borno town. He expressed sadness and revealed that there are reports that the sect group had released about 600 female suicide bombers into the state to carry out various attacks. He however appealed to the residents of the state to be patent with the military in the state.
Read his statement:
Initially, we were opposed to the suggestion made by the military, but when we received a security report that about 600 women have been kitted as suicide bombers and are to be sneaked into Maiduguri during the attack, couple with the gory pictures of some of the women, who detonated themselves during the attack, we had no option than to okay the curfew. But the curfew has been relaxed from noon to about 5pm to ease the hardship and afterwards it may be reviewed.
Our government is going to do everything humanly possible by supporting the military to see that Maiduguri and other secured parts of Borno State is not attacked or taken over by the insurgents. We want people to be patient with the government and the security; though 90 per cent of our communities have been liberated but the war is not over yet. We though all is over as we were even trying to fight for the reopening of the airport, which was almost okayed by the National Security Adviser before we heard about the attack on Maiduguri. It was indeed a huge setback for us in Borno State.”