Boko Haram has commenced the implementation of Sharia law in Mubi, the Adamawa State town it captured last week, a source from the area said.
The source, one of those who escaped from the town, revealed that the sect have stoned to death some persons whom they claimed had committed ‘capital’ offences.
Others allegedly found stealing had their hands amputated, he added. The dreaded Boko Haram sect is consolidating its position in the the captured town of Mubi and has indeed renamed it “Madinatul Islam” meaning the city of Islam.
While communities are being taking over, President Goodluck Jonathan leaves for Ouagadougou today as a member of the three-man delegation of Heads of State and Government raised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate the rapid resolution of the current political crisis in Burkina Faso. Other members of the delegation of ECOWAS leaders are President Macky Sall of Senegal and President John Mahama of Ghana who is the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
According to Reuben Abati, during their one-day visit to Ouagadougou, President Jonathan and his Ghanaian and Senegalese counterparts are expected to meet with Burkina Faso’s interim Head of State, Lt.-Col. Isaac Zida, opposition leaders, members of civil society and other political stakeholders in the country.
Four local governments: Michika, Madagali, Mubi North and Mubi South of Adamawa State, have fallen under the grip of Boko Haram leading to the displacement of thousands.
Nigerian have condemned the trip which bothers on the recent political turmoil in Burkina Faso led to the resignation of former President Blaise Compaore and the assumption of power by Lt.-Col. Zida taking priority over the surge in terrorists activities for a President seeking a re-election in 2015.
Aliyu Bala, one of the residents, who could not leave Mubi at the time of the invasion of the town by the insurgents, disclosed this in a telephone chat with journalists. He said the insurgents had taken complete control of the town.
“They mounted check points and surveillance at strategic locations, brandishing riffles but asking us not to panic or run away,” Mr. Bala said.
The trapped Mr. Bala said despite assurances of safety given to them by Boko Haram, thousands of the trapped residents have been sneaking out preferring not to take any chances.
A humanitarian crisis is currently ongoing in states of Adamawa and Borno as residents have fled to reside in the bush with hundreds trapped in the various Internally displaced camps