Senator Isa Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) has revealed that Boko Haram terrorists have a new base in Bauchi state, and that they were relocating to the area from Sambisa Forest.
Senator Hamma Misau, a retired Police officer, disclosed that the terrorists have fully established themselves at Burra Forest in Ningi Emirate Council of his constituency. Burra forest is linked through a corridor to the Falgore Forrest in Kano state and Saminaka in Kaduna State.
“The Boko Haram insurgents are relocating to the Burra Forest. It is a very large forest extending to three states and it is from there that the terrorists are going to other places to unleash terror on people.
“It was because of their activities that a new Police division was opened in Burra but the police cannot carry out operation in the forest because it is a high risk operation.
“They kidnap people daily, and receive between N3million and N5million as ransom”
“They also said the terrorists are in hundreds and that they coordinate their operations from the forest,” he said.
“They have collected so much money from the people but because the place is in remote area, it has not been given national prominence.
“These people (Boko Haram) are highly sophisticated, and to tackle them, we need serious surveillance, intelligence and equipment.”
“I’m going to write to the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Army Staff and the Director of DSS for them to intervene. There is need for combined efforts of all security agencies in order to tackle the terrorists,” he said.