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Boko Haram threatens parents to withdraw children from schools in Niger



The Niger state government has raised the alarm that terrorist groups, Boko Haram and ISWAP are forcing parents in some parts of the state to withdraw their children from school.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, while giving security update in Minna, the state capital.

According to Matane the areas where these were happening include Kwaki, Kusaso, Kawure, Chikuba, Kurebe, Madaka, Farin-Dutse, Falali and Ibbru communities.

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He said, “They are the areas we believe the operations seem to resemble those of Boko Haram and ISWAP because these people came and tried to align with communities telling them that they need to cooperate with them, so that they would be free; they would not touch them.

“Every Friday prayers, they come and preach to the communities not to send their children to school.

“We have also seen recently, where the bandits in some locations were taxing communities to pay to access their farms.

“They are deliberate because they know that this is harvest season, so farmers would be anxious to harvest their farm produce.

“We have also seen cases where when communities refuse to pay the tax, the bandits go and set the farms on fire,” the SSG said.

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