Kwara community denies influx of Boko Haram

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Agbeyangi Community in Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara on Sunday denied a reported influx of Boko Haram members into the area.

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The Alagua of Agbeyangi, Alhaji Aliyu Baba, said in statement in Ilorin that a media report to that effect was not true.

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A national daily had reported that some items, belonging to suspected Boko Haram insurgents, were found in the community.

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But Baba, the community head, stated that the purported items belong to some Fulani herdsmen migrating from the North and awaiting screening before they could be allowed into the community.

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According to him, it is a tradition in the community that herdsmen, migrating into the area, are subjected to screening before they are admitted.

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He said that the Police were aware of the development and were also involved in the screening because of the state of insecurity in the country.

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The traditional ruler also explained that stakeholders have met on the issue and have ordered the herdsmen to pack the items, and they had complied.

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The statement urged journalists to always cross-check their facts before going to press to avoid misinformation that could trigger anxiety in society.

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Baba allayed the fear of anybody coming into the community, assuring them of their safety. (NAN)

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