Boko Haram militants take over Nigerian town, prevent people from leaving

Boko Haram has reportedly taken over a Nigerian town and is preventing people from leaving, early reports indicated on Wednesday.

“Details of events in Kukawa, near Lake Chad, are hard to establish as the area has no mobile network coverage – another reminder of how this decade long conflict is hindering development,” BBC reported on Wednesday.

“The Nigerian military has not yet commented on the attack which is reported to have taken place just days after hundreds of displaced people returned to live there,” BBC added.

The return of the people came after the Nigerian army said the area was safe to return to following an operation against Boko Haram.

Close to two million people are displaced in north-east Nigeria and the UN warns that because it’s still so dangerous about half of them can’t even be reached by humanitarian agencies.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been claiming since 2016 that Boko Haram had been defeated, but recent escalation of brutality, murders and attacks seem to have put a lie to such claims.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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