The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Dan-Ali, said the federal government had not ruled out the infiltration of Boko Haram in the North West, especially Zamfara, under the guise of bandits.
Danali spoke while commending the formation of village security committees set up to curb banditry in the state.
The minister, who was on an on-the-spot assessment of the activities of Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the security agencies, particularly the military.
“You know the Boko Haram sect is facing serious defeat and are in desperate need to relocate to where they can operate without hindrance; unfortunately, there is no safe place for the members of the sect anymore because our security operatives are not relenting,” he said.
He explained that the state government was supposed to complement the efforts of the security and lauded the recent formation of civilian JTF in the state.
The minister noted that the inclusion of the JTF members had further led to the dismemberment of the bandits.
He said under the multilateral Joint Security Task Force, the federal government had been able to block several economic sources of both the North West bandits and the Boko Haram.
He further said that the federal government had assisted families of slain soldiers from the Republic of Niger, Tchad and Cameroon, while those from the Nigerian side would be taken care of under the special military insurance scheme.
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