Terrorism

Terrorists Group, Ansaru, Places Embargo On Political Activities In Birnin Gwari – BEPU

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Ansaru terrorists, breakaway faction of Boko Haram, have banned political activities in the Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This is contained in a statement released by the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union (BEPU) and made available to journalists on Sunday evening.

The statement was issued and signed by the Chairman of BEPU, Ishaq Usman Kasai.

The statement, among others, said no political activities including campaign ahead of the 2023 general elections would be tolerated by the terrorists.

“A disturbing scenario is the banned of all political activities in many communities in Damari (Kazage Ward).

“Politicians from these communities have to go to the neighboring communities before they hold political meetings.

“Also, this week, an Okada rider who lives in Unguwar Makera of Kazage Ward, was seen with a sticker of one of the candidates vying for the Kaduna State House of Assembly and he was thoroughly beaten by the Ansaru terrorists.

“To this end, people in these communities are now disenchanted and frustrated about participating in political activities because of threats from the terrorists.

“We don’t know how the coming elections will take place in those areas because of the presence of Ansaru.

“Even during the last local government election, election did not hold in these areas due to the escalating insecurity.

“It was for these reasons that election results were declared inconclusive and a Sole Administrator was appointed to oversee the affairs of the local government.

“In short, Ansaru are now in charge of many of the communities in the area and the group is expanding it’s occupation.

“They now call the shots and determine what is to be done in the villages they are dominating,” the statement read in part.

BEPU also disclosed that next coming Saturday, two members of the group will be tying the nuptial knots with two female locals and they have laid down some rules for their in-laws on how they want the wedding to be performed.

‘They told the parents of the girls that after the wedding, they will take the brides to the forests and live there with them and do not want the bride’s to go along with any furniture except plates (warmers) and matresses because anything other than that is not in tandem with their beliefs and their convictions,” BEPU further stated.

As a result BEPU noted that locals, who have joined the group, were now afraid to live in the town because of the fear they could be arrested by the police or security agencies . 

BEPU also disclosed that “the clarion call among the newly recruits, is for the establishment of an Islamic state.

“The Ansaru and the newly recruits are of the belief that their numerical strength will help them to bring the present democratic government down.

“Presently the Ansaru are going round distributing memory cards to the locals which contains their beliefs and doctrine.”

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