Military Recaptures Bazza, but Boko Haram Advances towards CDS Alex Badeh’s Home Town in Mubi
The onslaught by the Nigerian army against the Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa State has recorded some gains as troops battling the insurgents have reportedly recaptured Bazza, the home town of the general officer commanding (GOC), 3rd Division, Jos, Major Gen JS Zaruwa, which fell into the hands of the insurgents recently.
Abusidiqu had earlier reported that the insurgents did not only took over the town, but also sacked the GOC’s residence by burning it down.
But after a after a fierce battle in which soldiers killed several Boko Haram militants, the troops recaptured the town, a security source said.
According to our source, “Our soldiers circled Baza and engaged the terrorists in a serious battle. We have now recaptured the town after repelling Boko Haram militants in the township.”
Thousands of the residents of Gulak, Michika and Bazza had fled to neighbouring towns and Cameroon as Boko Haram unleashed mayhem on residents during their short reign over the towns.
Sources disclosed that successful attack on Boko Haram insurgents was made possible by an advanced team of Nigerian Air Force pilots who bombed the insurgents’ command centres in Bazza.
But while the troops recorded gains in Bazza, Mubi is seriously under threat from the attack of Boko Haram insurgents.
According to report, Vimtim, the hometown of the incumbent chief of defence staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, is now under tension, following the alleged plans by Boko Haram to attack the town, a few hours after one of the sons of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was leading a platoon was shot and severely wounded.
As the insurgents continue to advance to the commercial border town of Mubi, sources from the area said, the Emir of Mubi, Abubakar Isa Ahmadu, was sneaked out of the town on Monday night. The town was completely deserted.
Security sources said the wounded son of Obasanjo was first taken to 23rd Battalion, Yola, before he was transferred to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, for treatment.
Residents of Vimtim said the town came under fierce gun attack but could not say whether the residence of the CDS was overrun by the insurgents or not as thousands fled the area.
Lately, Boko Haram insurgents have intensified attacks on the area, annexing many towns and villages including the hometown of the acting governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Many residents including the Emir of Mubi were forced to flee the town.
Other residents of Mubi say they could not sleep. ‘’We couldn’t sleep due to the heavy gunshots that pervaded the air in the night, and for now no one could say the exact situation.
A palace source had confided that the Emir initially resisted being taken out of Mubi, saying that he had rather die with his people, but security operatives insisted on moving him out.
A fleeing resident now taking refuge at the hilltop disclosed in a telephone interview that many residents are now trapped in Michika, Bazza and Shuwa, adding that only God can secure their lives.
‘’We are in trouble now; many are trapped. Some could not get out of their homes. These people are everywhere hoisting their flags on bikes, others brandishing their guns,’’ said another fleeing resident
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