At least three local government areas in Borno State are still in control of the Boko Haram fighters says The United Nations. The UN was reacting to a statement by the military command in northeast Nigeria that no part of Borno state was under the control of the deadly group.
It insisted that some locations in Borno state, including three local government areas, remained inaccessible as a result of the threat posed by the Boko Haram sect. The report issued by the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian (OCHA) warned that Boko Haram attacks that slowed down due to the rainy season might increase in the coming months.
“Insecurity, the presence of mines, improvised explosive devices, and unexploded ordinances had continued to slow down the response of humanitarian agencies in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states”, said OCHA’s monthly report for September 2017, entitled, “North-East Nigeria: Humanitarian Situation Update”.
“Most roads to the south, south-west and east remain unusable due to security concerns and most humanitarian personnel movement is done through air assets. Cargo, however, is being transported via road with armed escorts as a last resort”, it said. The UN agency added that “No humanitarian aid is currently reaching locations in these LGAs outside of the LGAs’ main towns called ‘headquarters’. Major humanitarian supply routes towards the west, north-west and north are open for humanitarians without the use of armed escorts. Following advocacy efforts, Konduga and Mafa are now also accessible to aid groups without military escorts.”