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Published On: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

Boko Haram: Gombe residents raise alarm over migration of Damboa refugees

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From David Hassan, Gombe

Gombe residents yesterday raised an alarm that the influx of people suspected to be refugees from Damboa in Borno state to Gombe may course fresh attack to its citizens.

It could be recalled that Damboa had suffered series of attacks by the Boko Haram sect which led to lost of lives and property in the area even as report said Boko Haram sect last week stormed Damboa villages with dangerous weapons living score of people dead while many were seriously wounded.

Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar a resident of Gombe told our correspondent that the influx of hundreds of Damboa residents to Gombe is questionable, even as he said their mass influx into the state may course havoc to citizens of the area if care is not taking, adding that Gombe is known as one of the peaceful states in the North-east and that everyone in the zone like to settle in Gombe but we citizens of the state should be security conscious of whom we accommodated in our domains.

According to him, we are not happy with the incident that occurred in Damboa, where many residents were killed by the insurgents but we are afraid been attack too, something have to be done to ensure that the lives and property of residents in the state are protected and called on citizens in the area to ensure that proper examination are made before accommodating people that flee from Damboa to Gombe for settlement.

Speaking to our correspondent in condition of anonymity, Abubakar said Damboa residents who flee to Gombe for settlement are still hanging at the Dadin- Kowa motor park without food, as I am talking to you now they don’t have a place to sleep he said.

He appealed to the insurgents to lay down their arms even as he said they should look at the Ramadan period as the period of forgiveness and urged the government to wade into the matter to ensure that lives and property of Nigerians are protected.


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