‘Boko Haram Invaded Gamboru with Armoured Tanks’, Residents Tell Gov Shettima
Residents of Gamboru, a commercial town in Borno State near the nation’s border with Cameroon yesterday relive experience of last Monday’s attack by members of the Boko haram sect to Governor Kashim Shettima.
The residents said the sect members invaded the town with armoured personnel carriers (APCs) at 1am and operated till 9am without being challenged by security agencies.
The attack left over 300 people killed and the market in the town burnt while the attack lasted.
Governor Shettima who visited the community commiserated with the bereaved families and promised to assist the traders to return to business.
He said: “If a trader lost goods worth N100 or even N10 million, we will try our best to augment with the little resources at our disposal. We may not be able to meet all your expectations at this trying time, but I assure you we will do our best.”
The governor cautioned that the task of rebuilding Gamboru should not be left to the government alone.
He said all should work together to restore the town’s commercial strength which had given it an international status.
A resident, Musa Gamboru, narrated what the town experienced during the hours of Boko Haram siege.
He said: “They (Boko Haram members) burnt down the market and most structures of economic value to the people. All the trailers waiting to carry goods from here to Cameroon and other states of the country were equally burnt down.
“We are not happy about the way they laid siege on our town and render us economically useless. The soldiers had a clear signal that the sect members were coming, because they came with four small sized armoured tanks. They were shooting from afar such that the residents of Ngala (a neighbouring town) could hear the artillery. Most of us took off before they surrounded the town.
“My brother, you can’t believe this: they took several bags of beans and assorted grains and burnt down the remaining so that the people would not be left even with crumbs to eat or sell the next day.
“That was the fourth time they visited us and the only time they succeeded in penetrating the place, killing over 200 of our people.”
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