From Umar Dankano, Yola & Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Despite the efforts of Nigerian troops to recapture Gulak, Shuwa, Madagali, Bazza and Michika towns from the dreaded Boko Haram members, reports from the areas indicate that the insurgents attacked a platoon, led by the son of former Nigerian president Obasanjo, shooting him on the legs. He was being transported to the hospital at the time of filing this report.
Lieutenant Colonel Adeboye Obasanjo, an army engineer, from the 3rd Division in Jos, Plateau State and his platoon were, in an anbush, engaged by Boko Haram militants at Bazza, which is the village of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the division.
Reports also say that about 24 soldiers in the platoon were feared killed by the rampaging Boko Haram members.
The siege on Gulak, Michika and its environs has caused ripple effects on the commercial border town of Mubi as many have deserted the town with reports that several people crossed over to the neighbouring Cameroun.
Fleeing residents said that the streets of Michika down to Madagali are being patrolled by the insurgents after hoisting their flags.
In the meantime, the authorities of Adamawa State University, Mubi, has announced indefinite closure of the institution due to the fear of possible attack from Boko Haram insurgents.
Malam Hassan Tanko, Acting Registrar of the institution, who announced the closure in Yola directed students to go home, stated that the university was closed indefinitely for security reasons.
Some students of the university, told reporters on telephone that they were stranded due to residents rush to leave the town.
One of the students, who identified himself as Ali Garba, said many commuters were now stranded in the commercial border town due to lack of vehicles.
It could be recalled that, Boko Haram at the weekend took over Michika one of the key towns in Adamawa state. Residents say that the militants who seized Gulak three days ago chased out Nigerian troops and hoisted their flag in the township.
Residents fleeing the city said a Nigerian military jet flew over the area but did not attack the militants.
“The jet continued to hover around the town without attacking the insurgents,’’ said Ms Marry Dauda, a fleeing resident.
Some soldiers were later mobilized to Mararaba Mubi to prevent the militants from capturing Mubi, another key city some kilometers away from Michika.
Soldiers from the 23 Brigade in Yola were told to put on their uniform and get ready to defend Mubi.
The state government spokesman Mr Solomon Kumanagar has confirmed that several people are feared dead as Boko Haram insurgents took control of Gulak and other border towns in Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas of Kumangar , said that already Michika and other surrounding villages and towns are now overran by insurgents, just as the effects of the insurgency like displacement of whole villages and towns create multitude of internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose management and welfare the government is left to bear.
The insurgents are however, said to have tightened grip on Michika in Adamawa and there is an on- going battle between the Nigerian soldiers and the Boko Haram insurgents in Mubi area of Adamawa State.
According to reports, the troops have engaged the insurgents in a fierce battle all through Sunday night and yesterday morning to reclaim Michika, a suburb of the volatile state.
Fighter jets were bombing the hideouts of the extremists while foot soldiers battled their locations around Michika local government area secretariat, the report said.
A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed on the town by the military in order to restore sanity.
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has called on President Gooduck Jonathan to immediately investigate and prosecute the former Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika and former Borno State Governor Senator Ali Modu Sheriff for their intimate involvement in the support and the growth of Boko Haram insurgency.
The Forum’s Secretary, Professor Ango Abdullahi made the declaration yesterday while briefing newsmen at the end of their meeting in Bauchi, saying that President Goodluck Jonathan is silent over an Austalian revelation who was engaged by the President.
According to him these are two people that have very personal and official relationship with president Jonathan, the allegations of clergy, and an international hostage negotiator Dr. Stevens Davies are serious enough not to be merely repudiated by the two persons under reference.
Abdullahi said that, “we, in the forum expect a full investigation and the prosecution of these and many other persons involved in support for the Boko Haram insurgency at any stage in its life.
“This is one development that will not be swept under the carpet, and silence of the president on this matter is likely to be construed as full acceptance of all the disturbing allegations made by Dr. Davies”, He said
“We note that from recently conducted elections in the country, the tendency of bias and misuse of security agencies is still a major concern if we are to avoid conflicts before or after the 2015 election.
The Forum calls for complete removal of Military personnel from the electoral process.