Despite Ceasefire, Boko Haram Abducts 40 Women, Sack Village in Adamawa
Militants of Boko Haram, have abducted 40 women following an attack on the Village of Wagga in Adamawa state, a move that has further dented the ceasefire deal said to have been struck with the Nigerian military.
The women were abducted in an attack on Saturday, according to people familiar with Wagga.
Enoch Mark, whose daughter and niece are among the 219 schoolgirls who have been held by Boko Haram since mid-April, after they were captured from Chibok Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state was one of the people who spoke on the fresh abductions.
Since Friday, when Nigeria’s most senior military officer, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire with the insurgents, Boko Haram has only observed it in the breach, by stepping up attacks on Nigerian communities
In a related development, gunmen suspected to be insurgents have attacked Sina Village in Michika Local Government area of Adamawa State.
The attack, according to residents, occurred Saturday night as the insurgents in their hundreds emerged from the bush and started killing and burning houses, cars, domestic animals and other property.
A community leader in Michika, Dr. Caleb Filli said the insurgents burnt down all houses in the village, forcing residents to flee.
According to him, the gunmen in their hundreds descended on the village shooting indiscriminately and burning houses. He said he could not ascertain the number of those killed at press time.
Michika and Madagali areas had been under the control of Boko Haram insurgents since early September, even as efforts by the military to retake them, have proved abortive.
Dr. Filli called on the Federal Government to ensure that the ceasefire agreement includes the withdrawal of Boko Haram fighters from the areas they occupy, adding that the ceasefire will not be meaningful unless it paves way for residents to return to their homes.
He lamented the suffering of thousands of displaced residents living as refugees in other places, leaving behind their farms and businesses.”
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