Civilian JTF Chases Boko Haram Out of Mubi
Local militia, known as civillian JTF, in Adamawa State have driven Boko Haram militants out of Mubi, a key town in the northeast state, nearly two weeks after the town fell to the insurgents, the state governor and residents said Thursday.
It would be recalled that Boko Haram captured Mubi October 30 in a daytime raid after attacking the military installation there, chasing soldiers and residents out of town, and killing many. they renamed the captured Mubi, “Madinatul Islam”
Previous efforts by the Nigerian military to recapture the town had come to nothing.
Already four local government areas in the state including Madagali, Michika, Mubi North and Mubi South have since fallen into the hands of Boko Haram, while some towns, including Maiha, Hong, and Gombi have become targets of attack by the insurgents in recent times with many civilians killed and several thousands of people displaced.
A spokesperson to Governor Bala Ngilari said Thursday that Mubi is now “quite different from what it used to be”.
He said local vigilante, popularly called Civilian JTF, launched a daring night time attack on Boko Haram insurgents in Mubi and drove them out of town between Wednesday and Thursday.
The government said the operation received some support from the military, according to Premium Times.
The Defence Headquarters could not confirm the operation, but a military official, however, told Premium Times the operation was not as “conclusive as claimed”.
But the Adamawa State government said the operation was successful and that Mubi is now free of Boko Haram.
“His Excellency, Governor Bala Ngilari, has confirmed that the combined efforts of the Civilian Vigilante and the Sarkin Bakan Gombi as well as the military has successfully chased away Boko Haram from Mubi town,” Phineas Elisha, the director, press, to Governor Ngilari said.
He said: “Some of them(Boko Haram) ran away through Askira Uba and others through Mubi South and the situation in Mubi now is quite different from what it used to be.”
A resident of Mubi, who is now in Yola, Abdulrazak Aide, had earlier said that a vigilante group popularly known as “Yan Tauri” carried out an overnight raid on Mubi, killing many insurgents.
“Yan Tauri, under the tutelage of Sarkin Bakan Gombi, carried out a raid and killed many Boko Haram members,” he said.
Recall that the youth vigilante group, popularly known as Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, vowed to ward off attacks by the insurgents.
Expressing their willingness to take the battle against terror to the hideouts of the insurgents, the Adamawa State Coordinator of the Civilian JTF, Bako Goni, said he and his colleagues were not afraid of death.
“Every soul must taste death and therefore we are not afraid,” Mr. Goni said.
Apparently worried by the recent attacks by the Boko Haram sect on towns and villages in Adamawa State, He said his group is optimistic that with their sticks (Gora in Hausa) and other local arms, they will flush out the insurgents from their hideouts if the Federal Government gave them a go-ahead.
Mr. Goni said if more people in the state could join the civilian JTF, they would put an end to the insurgency which started five years ago.
In another part of the state, At least 75 Boko Haram militants were killed by local hunters in Maiha Local Government area of Adamawa State, residents of the area told Elombah.com.
Maiha town, which is about 25 kilometers from Mubi town that was captured about two weeks ago, and about 200km from Yola the state capital, has also been recovered from the insurgents.
Maiha fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents in a fierce battle with the Nigerian troops on Monday.
Sources say local hunters ambushed the insurgents and killed them in their dozens.
“The hunters mobilized and gave the insurgents hot chase during which many Boko Haram sect members are killed,” Bello Ya’u, a resident of Maiha, said. ‘’We commend them for the gallant fight.”
Corroborating, Baba Dauda, a local hunter told journalists that the hunters made up their minds to fight because the insurgents had been maiming too many people.
“We had to wake up and fight the bastards that keep plaguing our societies killing innocents souls.
“People should brace up and start fighting them, we killed many of them. We are not afraid of being killed,” he added.
Following the attack, some residents of Maiha now fear reprisal attacks and are moving in droves to the capital of Adamawa, Yola.
The state co-ordinator of Civilian Joint Task Force, Bako Goni, said over 2,000 people, including youth vigilantes, local hunters, retired military, police and para-military operatives, artisans and petty traders have signed up to confront Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
Mr. Goni said the volunteers resolved to use dane guns, sticks, bows and arrows to confront the insurgents, thereby complementing the efforts of Nigerian soldiers fighting the terrorists.
The group has made lightening wins in recent months, taking and holding towns in Adamawa and neighbouring Borno State, the hotbed of its five-year-old campaign.
The insurgents have taken over many towns and villages in Adamawa State, including Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South and many others.
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