Nigeria’s ‘Corridors of Horror: The Sanctuary and Caliphate of Bandits & Terrorists’ – By Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi

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The ‘Corridors of Horror, Sanctuary and Caliphate of Bandits & Terrorists’ consists of; Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Sokoto, Taraba & Zamfara States and accounted for 53% of Nigeria’s population.

The zones have been made ungovernable and inhabitable by the rampaging bandits in the north west and the dreaded ‘Boko Haram Terrorists’ in the north east. Both zones shared two dreaded forests; 220 Kilometers Rugu Forest [that extends to Niger Republic] in the north west used by the bandits to unleashed killings, cattle rustling and kidnapping den, while Boko Haram Terrorists [BHT] used the dreaded Sambisa Forest [that extends to Cameroon] in the north east to maimed, killed, kidnapped, pillage, and loot.

The ‘Corridors of Horror: The Sanctuary and Caliphate of Bandits & Terrorists’ has remained Nigeria’s Seasons of Blood, despite numerous military strategies to clip these destructive and blood thirsty monsters, the solution remains elusive. Nigeria’s government recently approved $2 billion to fight the insurgency in the North East, especially Boko Haram Terrorists [BHT], but the vampires of the Sahel keep re-surging and Nigeria military seems helpless.

The resurgence in Boko Haram Terrorist [BHT] activities recently in Adamawa, Borno, & Yobe States is a dent on Nigeria’s military claimed victory over Boko Haram Terrorists [BHT] activities. The North west, which is been clouded with the invincible ‘bandits’ activities has dent Nigeria’s military capability.

The hot bed of Nigeria’s ‘corridors of horror’, the north west has continued to be Nigeria’s nightmare. In Katsina State the bandits controlled eight local government areas, namely; Jibia, Safana, Batsari, Danmusa, Sabuwa, Dandume, Kankara and Faskari. The bandits controlled 9 local government areas in Zamfara State namely; Anka, Bukkuyum, Maradun, Maru, Birnin Magaji, Tsafe, Shinkafi, and Zurmi. And lately in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area.

They are the most populated regions in Nigeria, namely; North East [Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba & Yobe States] with an estimated population of 26,263,866 million & North West [Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto & Zamfara States] with an estimated population of 35.78 million. These two regions accounted for the highest voting figures in Nigeria and they remained the most dreaded, and crisis ridden regions in Nigeria, hence they are referred to as Nigeria’s ‘Corridors of Horror: The Sanctuary and Caliphate of Bandits & Terrorists’

The North East which has remained in the strangled hold of ‘Boko Haram Terrorists’ [BHT] groups; Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi faction, Islamic State of West Africa Province [ISWAP] & Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau’s faction. The group has decimated an estimated 33,000 people, with over 2.5 million people displaced and fled Nigeria into neighboring countries; Chad, Niger & Cameroon. These dreaded ‘terror’ groups control over 30,000 kilometers of territory in; Nigeria, Niger & Chad.

The North West which witnessed a surge in banditry in early 2011 has metamorphosed into a dreaded monster that has remained ‘untamed’. Turning the region into; killings, cattle rustling and ransom fields! There is nexus between ‘gold mining’ in Zamfara State and ‘kidnapping, killings, cattle rustling and ransom’.

The hydra-dreaded monster has snow ball to neighboring states in the region, namely, Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa & Sokoto States. The Zamfara State bloodletting spree has cost the state; over 5,000 lives, 600 houses destroyed, several cars burnt and thousands of cattle’s, goats and cows rustled. In Zamfara and Katsina States, the rampaging bandits has pocketed a combined 16 local government areas in both states.
These dreaded monsters have taken advantage of the zones high level of illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, and poor standard of living! The zones [north east & north west] also faces a twin-challenge: a traditional feudal system and a modern system of elite education.

Can Operation ‘Puff Arder’, ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, and the recently launched Operation ‘Harbbin Kunama III’ end these madness, mindless and senseless killings that have enveloped and engulfed the north east, north west and north central states and has crippled commercial, social and communication activities in the north?

And while the nation burns, Nigeria president is holed up in oversea private visit!

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