BY: SAYO AKINTOLA
As the controversy over the death and resurrection of the Boko Haram kingpin, Abubakar Shekau, rages on, the Mayor of Fotokol, a village on Nigerian border with Cameroon, Ramat Musa has been arrested and taken to Yaoundé on suspicion of collaborating with Boko Haram.
Investigations conducted by The Street Journal revealed that the Cameroonian Army arrested Musa and 300 Boko Haram fighters earlier in the week. It was revealed that huge stocks of Boko Haram weapons were found at the mayor’s residence including Chinese made weaponry.
A combined Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad force currently patrol the notable hot spots in the insurgency ravaged area of the North east region of Nigeria.
Sources to the top military hierarchy in Abuja confided in the Street Journal that the captured mayor had made useful information to the military authorities in Cameroon, stressing that the two countries were now comparing notes on strategy to adopt in bringing the menace of the insurgents to an end without further delay.
It was gathered that notable individuals in the Northern part of the country had been fingered as the collaborators and financiers of the Boko Haram. Our source said a meeting of top military personnel from both Nigeria and Cameroon has been scheduled for next week to enable the former to interrogate the captured insurgents and provide the Nigerian authorities useful clues in their intelligence gathering efforts…
It would be recalled that the Street Journal had two weeks ago exclusively reported that the Cameroon Army had invited Nigeria’s military personnel to visit Cameroon to avail them the opportunity of comparing notes and interrogate the Boko Haram senior members captured then in Cameroon during the country’s cross-border clash with the insurgents.
Wife of the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon was captured by Boko Haram in August. She was in custody of the Boko Haram insurgents for seven days before a team of stern-looking soldiers stormed the hid-out of the terrorists and rescued the woman. About twelve soldiers were killed by the insurgents while the Shekau group also lost close to 50 members during the bloody across border rescue operation.
Interestingly, over 200 school children kidnapped by the insurgents in Chibok, Borno State are still in custody of the insurgents since April. Analysts are of the opinion that the situation could have been salvaged if the Jonathan administration had acted on time and was not misled by his kitchen cabinet that made him believe that the chibok girls’ story was a ruse.
Chima Chikwe, former Minister of Aviation under Obasanjo and women leader in PDP, singer Onyeka Onwenu, now a DG of a Federal Government parastatal and Doyin Okupe, presidential aide on Public Affairs, all parents, were on Channels TV debunking the Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction story. They argued that it was an evil plan by the opposition to bring down the Jonathan government.
It was even alleged that the Borno State Governor must have arranged the abduction of the girls to destabilize the government at the centre. And the insurgents were invariably given plenty of time to re-strategize and distribute the girls into the various camps within and outside the country due to the lacuna created by the government’s passive response to the tragedy.
With so many things at stake on the political front as 2015 general elections are fast approaching, the once helpless military has suddenly found its rhythm and the insurgents are being routed on a daily basis, bringing back a ray of hope to the already captured parts of the North east region by the terrorists as well as the missing school girls.