Some of the militants arrested in Maiduguri in the past three days confessed that their chain of command had been broken and their routes of supply blocked by Nigerian forces and their counterparts from Chad, Cameroon and Niger.It was gathered that the militants are now looking for food and water, hence the recent looting of shops and markets in parts of Yobe and Borno States.A top security source said recent attacks on Maiduguri were “basically out of anger and frustration.”According to him, the terrorists carry out aimless attacks to frighten the populace and use the opportunity to steal food, drugs and animals.“We have arrested some of them who said they would come to town and get arrested than to remain in the bush and die of hunger. We have dismantled most of their camps and bases but we still have a long way to go to completely subdue them...some of their bases and hiding places are just being identified,” he said.Retired Major Salihu Bukhari, a security expert, said the best way to contain insurgency was by denying the enemy access to sources of livelihood.Boko Haram fighters at the weekend launched three attacks on Maiduguri and one in Fika, Yobe State. Meanwhile, the death toll from the weekend’s suicide bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri has risen to 26 while over 30 people were injured.Herders, farmers clash in Kwara From Abdullateef Aliyu, Ilorin There was tension yesterday in Patigi LGA of Kwara State following a clash between herdsmen and inhabitants of the area.The incident, Daily Trust learnt, happened at Motokun village when suspected mercenaries allegedly attacked members of the community.The casualty figure could not be ascertained at press time though the clash reportedly claimed lives in what was termed a reprisal by members of the community. It was learnt that a Deputy Commissioner of Police hurriedly left Ilorin on the orders of Police Commissioner, Mr. Salihu Garuba, after information filtered in about the clashPolice spokesman, Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi, who was part of the team that visited Patigi, could not be reached.Chairman of Patigi Local Government Council, Alhaji Uthman Mohammed Ndako who confirmed the clash to our correspondent, said normalcy had returned to the community with the swift intervention of the security agencies.He said the council as well as the Patigi Emirate Council led by Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar, had called for a meeting of leaders of the herdsmen and elders of the community to stop the recurring confrontation. The clash came weeks after two communities in Kwara South (Eruku and Oro Ago) witnessed a similar crisis.
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