- Razes court, police station, school
- Suspected sect hideout demolished in Kaduna
- As PDP govs condemn killings
By Abbas Mustapha, Abuja, Umar Dankano, Yola, Femi Oyelola, Kaduna, & Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents again at the late hours of Saturday struck in Fota village, Lala district of Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa state with seven policemen feared killed.
The insurgents also attacked and razed down a police station, court, primary school and three churches in the village.
Reports from the area indicated that, the attack happened at about 9 pm on Saturday and that the gunmen operated for several hours unchallenged.
“When they arrived Fota at about 9 pm Saturday night, they headed straight for the Police Station and set it ablaze; thereafter they torched Area Court building and a block of classroom at Fota Primary School”, a youth leader from the village narrated.
Another source who pleaded anonymity from the area said the terrorists would be those being chased from Sambisa forest of Borno state by the military.
The fleeing insurgents also attacked a wedding gathering in a nearby village Bisir in a shooting spree killing three Villagers on the spot.
A source, from the first incident said the incident occurred at night, as according to a resident who simply identified himself as Musa said the suspected sect members in their dozens opened fire on the policemen in a local police station in the town, killing seven police men and three churches, Pastor’s house, store were later set ablaze.
”It was in the night hours, while we were busy in a wedding ceremony , at about 10-11pm, the gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram struck first attacked the area police station killing seven police officers instantly, including mobile policemen, deployed.
”Not only that, they looted and burnt down a church’s food stuff store. The gunmen drove in dozens on bikes and other vehicles, chanting Allahu Akbar, many times before fleeing. Those gathered at the wedding ceremony, all scampered for their lives, people run away for safety, no one was attacked at the gathering, ”Musa said.
Reports indicated that the policemen who were killed had earlier engaged the attackers in a gun duel that lasted almost 30 minutes. The source added that one of the gunmen was critically wounded but was taken away by the insurgents.
Reports also said the fleeing insurgents, after Fota had a stop-over at a nearby village, Bisir, attacking another wedding gathering killing three civilians, as many others sustained injuries.
”While we are about to round -up, the celebration, we just started hearing gun shots and before you know, one of the attendance was shot dead, and many injured with bullet wounds
”At least eight persons were rushed to hospital for treatment,” said a victim, who pleaded anonymity but was admitted in a private hospital in Gombi, the administrative headquarters of the area.
The injured victim called for reinforcement as according to him, ” there is still tense situation, many people have fled into bush and we don’t know what will happen again, the attackers have vowed to come back.”
Another local residents simply identified as Maman Bebi said that the attackers seems to be impregnable as they came in a convoy of Hillux pick up vans shooting sporadically as people scamper into different directions for safety.
When contacted, the Adamawa Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammed Ibrahim confirmed the attack but did not specify the casualty. He however, said the details of the incident could be obtained from the military saddled with the responsibility of surveillance in a state of emergency in the state.
Similarly, the Army Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Armoured Brigade Captain Jafaru Nuhu confirmed the incident but could not ascertain the number of casualties.
In a related development, a building located at Tashar Kanawa, suspected to be an hide-out for Boko Haram suspects who are said to have been terrorizing the Kwaru and Badarawa community in Kaduna North local government area of the state has been demolished by the Military yesterday.
Investigation by our reporter revealed that trouble broke out in early hours of yesterday when gunshot were reported to have been fired from the building. This attracted the attention of the neighbourhood who alerted the security of the development.
According to a neighbour, Mohammed Yusuf, the reason for firing the gun shot was sketchy as at the time of filing this report. He said his second wife who lives opposite the demolished house called him to inform him of the gunshot and even showed our reporter the gun hole created on his apartment by the gunshot. He added that his wife later called back to inform him that military personnel had condoned off the area and there seemed to be gun battle between the soldiers and the suspects.
Two sons of the owner of the demolished building and a tenant were said to have been whisked away by the military personnel. Malam Sani, the owner of the house, who was not around as at the time of the incidence was said to have surrendered himself to the military around 1:30 pm when he came back to his house.
Another eye witness said the military returned back to the spot around 12 noon and commenced the destruction of the building.
The aged wife of the landlord was sighted in front of the house with some of her children trying to salvage their properties from the rubbles. She said she was too shocked to say anything when our reporter confronted her.
However, there are conflicting reports on the identity of people whom carried out the gunshot. While some believe they are mere criminals others believe they may have a link with the Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, the People Democratic Party Governors forum (PDPGF), has condemned the recent killings of innocent children in Yobe state by the Boko Haram insurgents urging the security chiefs in the country to immediately work out new strategies in order step up the fight to combat them.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their 3rd meeting held at the Conference Hall of the Government House in Minna over the weekend, the Forum particularly condemned what it called “barbaric slaughter” of innocent school children in Yobe state by the Boko Haram.
Chairman of the Forum and governor of Akwa Ibom state, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, expressed sincere sympathy and condolence to the families of those innocent children murdered in cool blood.
The forum, while commending the efforts of various security agencies in the fight against the insurgence, also urged the security agencies to, as a matter of urgency come out with a new approach to tackle the insurgence in order to stop the senseless killing of Nigerians.
On the forthcoming National Conference , the Forum said it noted with joy and satisfaction, the zeal and enthusiasm shown by Nigerians across board towards their participation and therefore urged all the
delegates to the confab to put national interest above all other consideration during the deliberations.
The forum also congratulates President Jonathan, the chairman of the PDP, Dr. Adamu Mua’zu, and all party members and supporters on the success of the unity rallies by the party held in Sokoto, Kwara, Imo and Niger states and urged all PDP faithful across the country to work out ways and means of reconciling all issues with aggrieved members in order to reposition the party to ensure it success in the forthcoming general election in 2015.
The meeting was attended by governors of Taraba, Jigawa, Benue, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Kaduna, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kebbi, Abia and host Niger states, while the Deputy Governor of Sokoto, Delta, Kogi and Nasarawa were in attendance.