The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has revealed that although Boko Haram insurgency started from Borno State, they have now been hijacked by foreign elements due to Nigeria’s porous borders.
He made the disclosure on Friday in Abuja, after closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, over Wednesday’s attack of Gubio and Magumeri local government areas in northern Borno, by Boko Haram insurgents.
In Gubio, the insurgents were reported to have operated from 5:30 p.m on Wednesday until 2:00 a.m Thursday without any resistance, carting away drugs, food items, fuel and other valuables.
The Governor said that the composition of the insurgents cuts across different ethnic groups, adding that even expatriates have joined in the attack.
According to Zulum, proper equipping of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was necessary to ending insurgency in his State.
Zulum who briefed State House Correspondents noted that the state borders three countries; Republic of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, which makes it difficult to man those areas.