Boko Haram Drop Fliers in Maiduguri Warning of Plan to Seize the Town
Members of the Islamist insurgents group Boko Haram has reportedly dropped letters in Maiduguri announcing their plan to take over the town considered the most important city in Nigeria’s northeastern Nigeria region.
The letters were reportedly dropped at the gates of Giwa and Maimalari military barracks as well as different parts of the city of Maiduguri.
The letter detailing the planned attack on Maiduguri was written in the Hausa language. It specifies that Boko Haram’s unpredictable leader, Abubakar Shekau, planned to personally lead insurgent fighters to attack Maimalari, the more formidable of the two barracks, and to fight to the death as a martyr.
As a result of the threat, the military authority has begun the evacuation of families and non-military staff residing in the two major military barracks in the city.
“Soldiers are moving their wives and children out because they should not be there if a battle begins,” a security source said.
There is also report that some soldiers have deserted the army and fled the barracks after the letters were circulated amongst military personnel yesterday.
Boko Haram’s threat to attack Maiduguri may not be unconnected with its success in taken over Bama, the second largest city in Borno State.
The insurgents overpowered the Nigerian army few days ago after a fierce fighting to take control of the town with the ultimate goal of advancing on Maiduguri to consolidate its declaration of Islamic caliphate declared on Gwoza.
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