Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has directed security officers to crack down on them, residents of Maiduguri and Jere within the city are allegedly being terrorized by a notorious Marlian organization.
The Marlian organization, which has gained reputation for indulging in a variety of criminal activities including extortion, robbery, drug abuse, and acts of terrorism, including the killing of security personnel, is mostly made up of young people who use narcotics.
After having an urgent security meeting at the Government House on Wednesday in Maiduguri, Governor Zulum spoke to the media.
“I have summoned this emergency security council meeting to address the emerging security threat that is bedevilling the Maiduguri metropolis and parts of Jere Local Government, with a view to coming up with additional implementable strategies to guarantee the needed peace and security,” Zulum said.
“Intelligence reports before my office from different sources have indicated increasing activities of youth gangsterism operating in some parts of the state capital and Jere Local Government. This syndicate specialised not only in phone snatching in broad daylight, robbery and possession of locally made weapons, but has now graduated into the killing of innocent lives, including security operatives,” the governor declared.
Zulum, who was deeply concerned about the escalating violence, expressed the government’s determination to restore peace and ensure the safety of all residents.
“I want to assure the general public that the government of Borno State, under my leadership, will not allow such a matter to deteriorate. I have received assurances from the security operatives of their commitment to tame such dastardly acts, and our administration is ever committed to dealing with such matters within the shortest possible time,” Zulum said.