Terrorists are creating a parallel government in Kaduna State and working to establish permanent operational base, according to Governor Nasir El-Rufai in a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari.
El-Rufai in a July memo to Buhari, said that terrorists have infiltrated, dominated communities and formed “a parallel governing authority” in the state, Premium Times reported.
In the memo El-Rufai said that the terrorists had advanced in their plans to make Kaduna forest areas their “permanent operational base” for the North-west region, citing a “series of intelligence reports.”
“Observed movement patterns and intercepted communications of migrating terrorists have shown a clear interest in setting up a base, with the stretches of forest area between Kaduna and Niger states strongly considered,” he wrote.
The governor said that the terrorist have enacted laws that ban residents in the communities from participating in the political activities ahead of 2023 general election.
“The insurgents enacted a law in the District, banning all forms of political activity or campaign ahead of the 2023 elections, especially in Madobiya and Kazage villages,” the governor wrote.
“According to actionable intelligence, members of the Jama’atu Ansarul Musulmina Fi’biladis Sudan (aka Ansaru) are hibernating in Kuyello district of Birnin Gwari LGA, which recently conducted a nuptial ceremony during which they married two yet-to-be-identified female residents of Kuyello village,” Mr El-Rufai wrote.
“The ceremony was attended by various Ansaru members and witnessed by residents of the area. After the marital rites, insurgents in attendance reportedly conveyed the brides to the dreaded Kuduru forest, in the same District.”
The census enumeration exercise held in only two of the 11 wards that form Birnin Gwari due to the threat of armed banditry and terrorism, officials in both Kaduna State government and the population commission had said.
The governor also said that the terrorist extracting revenues from residents of the communities since the government are becoming removed from there.
Mr El-Rufai said the terrorists “fined one Mu’azu Ibrahim, a resident of Kuyello community, the sum of One Million Naira for selling plots of land without the consent of the owners.”
“Multiple reports also exist of bandits and terrorists exacting protection levies and similar taxes from farmers and communities, in return for permission to cultivate their fields,” the governor said.
El-Rufai, when contacted, said he would not comment on this story because his correspondence was supposed to be confidential communication to the president, according to Vanguard.
In 2016, El-Rufai wrote a similar confidential letter to the president. At the time he warned that the Buhari administration was losing momentum just about a year after coming to power
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