NEWSROOM (ADV) – Boko Haram fighters force civilians to flee their homes in northeastern Nigeria, the Nigerian military said on Thursday amid renewed violence.
Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that he had “credible information” that Boko Haram’s men had “infiltrated villages” around the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri.
“They threaten innocent inhabitants and warn them to leave their homes,” says the army.
On Wednesday, the United Nations revealed that more than 30,000 people had fled to Maiduguri, fleeing violence between the army and Boko Haram in the Baga and Monguno areas.
This announcement is a snub for the Nigerian government and the army, who keep saying that the situation is under control in the Lake Chad region, despite constant attacks against military bases, which have made tens or even hundreds of dead among the soldiers.
A member of the civilian militia, who are fighting Boko Haram alongside the army, told AFP that the fighters had warned the civilians of an attack on the village of Jakana, as well as in Mainok, on the road between Maiduguri and Damaturu (State of Yobe).
Civilians in northeastern Nigeria are at the center of a conflict that has claimed 27,000 lives since 2009, caught between insurgents and the military, often accused of committing abuses and human rights abuses.
In his statement, the spokesman insists on the fact that anyone not giving information on the movements of fighters “will be considered itself as + terrorist +”.
The UN estimates that more than 1.7 million people are still unable to return to their homes, the vast majority of them living in IDP camps and relying exclusively on humanitarian assistance for their survival.
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