Boko Haram Takes Control of 13 Towns in the North East, Advances on Others
The outlawed Islamist sect, Boko Haram, aiming to take control of a section of Nigeria have captured a total of 13 towns in the North Eastern part of the country, findings reveal.
The sect had in the past weeks captured a number of towns and communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, but the capture of Michika and Uba in Adamawa State on Sunday brings to 13, the number of communities now controlled by the sect.
The others are Gwoza, Buni Yadi, Gamboru Ngala, Damboa, Marte, Bama, Bara, Banki, Gulak, Dikwa and Madagali.
However, there are reports that the sect has retreated from Bama following heavy aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Airforce, but a Senator representing Borno State in the National Assembly warns that the reported retreat of the sect from Bama is a ply to attack Maiduguri which is being left vulnerable with the military’s deployment of arms and ammunitions from the town to Bama.
Before capturing Michika and Uba in Adamawa state, the sect had earlier captured Gulak from where they moved to Uba.
A security source said that when the soldiers on guard saw the insurgents arriving in over 50 pick -up vans and hundreds of motorcycles, they retreated because they were outnumbered.
The source also said that the arms and ammunition in possession of the insurgents were superior to those held by the soldiers.
The insurgents, it was learnt, moved from Uba to Michika, which is the hometown of a former Lagos State military administrator and Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship aspirant, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.)
It was gathered on Sunday that they also headed for Mubi, the host community to the Adamawa State University.
A source, who confided in one of correspondents, said that the military later deployed fighter jets and helicopters in the areas to chase out the insurgents .
He added that eight trucks carrying some troops were sighted going to the troubled areas.
It was further gathered that the Adamawa State Acting Governor, Alhaji Adamu Fintiri, on learning that many of the residents of the troubled communities were fleeing, dispatched six luxury buses to move them to Yola.
Our source said that the insurgents, who were firing into the air, were advising the people not to flee because they had only come to engage the military in gun battle.
He said, “The Boko Haram members are now in Uba and Michika, the headquarters of Michika Local Government Area.
“The insurgents who were moving in over 50 hillux vans and hundreds of motorcycles, were wielding assorted weapons.
“When they started advancing from Madagali to Uba, the soldiers who were in Uba withdrew to Michika and they(insurgents) headed for Michika and Mubi.
“There was no shootout between them and the soldiers even though eight trucks carrying troops were sighted on the road leading to those communities. Air Force fighter jets were also said to have pursued them.
“Several people fled the communities to avoid being killed by insurgents.”
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