From Umar Dankano,Yola
The Adamawa state Police Command has confirmed the return of normalcy to Michika and its environs after the Monday’s evening attack launched on the area by rampaging Boko Haram terrorists.
Spokesman of the command, S.P Othman Abubakar gave the confirmation in Yola, Tuesday, saying that intelligence report at the command’s disposal has revealed that most of the villagers who flee for their lives in to the mountainous areas have come back to their homes.
Abubakar said the insurgents must have gotten a report of the movement
of a bullion van carrying money to the only commercial bank (Union
Bank) in the local government and coordinated the attack.
Abubakar explained that the insurgents used dynamite substance which destroyed part of the bank’s building but couldn’t reach the bulk room as the military troop’s re-enforcement saved the situation.
He stated that they (insurgents) trailed the van not knowing that the destination of the money was changed even before unloading the money in Michika.
According to him, five villagers were killed in the attack while food stuffs were also carted away by these rampaging terrorists.
Peoples Daily recalls that some fleeing and hunger inflicted Boko Haram fighters have on Monday attacked Michika town burning down the only commercial bank business office.
The insurgents reportedly gained access in to the town around 7:00pm after overpowering the military formation there.
Residents said armed fighters had taken control of the town for a moment, displacing hundreds of people who ran to the surrounding bushes for safety until the arrival of military reinforcement from Madagali.
A trader, Ibrahim Adi told our reporter that the insurgents had bombed the Union Bank of Nigeria office and fired shots in the air before they were eventually dislodged by soldiers who arrived.
“Hundreds of people ran to the bush and in to the mountains when the insurgents were in town. They took is by surprise when we just saw them coming in several trucks”, he said.
“We spent more than two hours hiding in the bush but soldiers from Madagali have repelled the Boko Haram and taken over”, he said.
Sources indicated that the insurgents also burnt houses in Koppa village on their way back to Sambisa area while a team of military personnel and local hunters were on their trail.
Another source who pleaded anonymity in the print said due to hot chase from the military troops by hovering helicopter and ground troops the insurgents abandoned three vehicles and two motor cycles fully loaded with food stuffs and items as they flee in to nearby Sambisa forest in the area.
Commenting on the development, an indigene of Michika, Miss Helen Joseph appealed to the Federal government and military authorities to send more troops to Michika due to their proximity to Borno state as well as Sambisa forest.