By Tom Garba,Yola – Contrary to the claims by the Nigerian soldiers that it had rescued the 16 women and children abducted by Boko Haram last week, a lawmaker representing Madagali constituency in the Adamawa state House of Assembly (ADHA), Hon Emmanuel Tsandu has refuted the reports, saying that the abductees are still under the custody of the insurgents.
Tsandu said the initial source of the reports claiming the Military have freed the women are baseless.
The lawmaker insisted that claims that the 14 women and 2 children were rescued is not true.
Honestly these women are still under the custody of Boko Haram, I m maintaining a constant link with my people all the villages heads, the vigilante groups leaders who have being supporting the Armies to fight the insurgents, they reliably confirmed to me these women are nowhere to be found,” Tsandu said.
He called on the military to do thorough work in its mop up operation in Madagali, saying there are indications that Boko Haram, because of the terrain of the area, are still hiding in the caves in the mountains and launching some intermittently attacks in some of the villages.
He also said the anticipation of about 56,000 displaced Nigerian returnees from Cameroun is raising a lot of questions on the authenticity of their true identity. Adding that they are not yet free from the suspicion of belonging to the Boko Haram group.
Tsandu argued that Government needs to close all camps by letting everyone to go to his or her own community, “that way all the security agencies will concentrate well on protecting lives and property and it will give room for the IDPs to farm well to sustain themselves.”
Only yesterday, the Chief of Air staff, AVM Sadique Abubakar told the people of Adamawa state that the end has come for Boko Haram, saying his coming to Adamawa is to mop up all places initially attacked by the insurgents.
He added that the security is in the final stage of cleaning up the ravaged areas.