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Published On: Fri, Oct 31st, 2014

Boko Haram takes over Defence Chief’s residence

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boko-haram-groupFrom Umar Dankano,Yola and Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos with agency report.

Insurgents, who took over Mubi town, the second largest town in Adamawa state on Wednesday, yesterday entered Vimtim, the home town of Chief of Defence staff, Alex Badeh, where they burnt his house, after the Air Force and army personnel guarding it had successfully evacuated its occupants.

Reports from Mubi also indicated that the insurgents set the commercial border towns main market on fire after a looting spree.

The insurgents, who were reportedly on a looting spree, were said to be looting banks and shops while the military had yesterday afternoon launched aerial attack on the insurgents currently occupying their barracks in the town.

A resident still stranded in the town said a gang of the insurgents visited the house of the district head of Mubi, Alhaji Bello Isa, who is now overseeing the activities of the town following the absence of the Emir, Alhaji Abubakar Isa, who is still in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.

‘‘They did not meet the district head and had in anger shot to death one of his son, Ibrahim”, the resident said.

Meanwhile, Adamawa government, in its reaction to the development had sent 100 buses to evacuate those fleeing Mubi and its environs following the incident.

Gov Bala James Ngilari told some concerned elders of Mubi, who stormed Government House to report the incident, that the vehicles would be scouting for stranded victims trekking to Yola from Mubi.

Earlier, leader of the Mubi delegates, Chief Joshua Atiku, had informed the governor of the taking over of Mubi by Boko Haram and the looting spree going on.

Atiku also informed him of some of the victims stranded along Cameroun border as they were denied entry by the Cameroonian authorities.

Meanwhile, a victim of the attack, Abdulrahman Kacham has revealed that since the occurrence of the incident, no single security personnel was deployed to the area.

The escapee, who was crying while speaking on the Hausa Service of the BBC monitored in Jos, said, “Since the occurrence of the attack, no security man was sent to Mobi. The insurgents are doing what they like. They have burnt down the biggest market in Mubi and destroyed all banks in the area. There are neither soldiers nor police men to fight them.”

Kacham further said that the remaining residents in Mobi who were denied admittance to move out of the town were still in their houses locked, with no food and all roads were blocked.”

However, reports said the Defense Headquarters in Abuja has ordered the troops who fled Mubi to return and retake the town from the militants.

SaharaReporters, pointing to a military source, reported that the embarrassing retreat had infuriated the Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh. Wednesday’s daring attack by the Boko Haram militants marked the first time in more than two months that the insurgents were said to have sent Nigerian soldiers fleeing.

But military sources said that Boko Haram militants were able to sweep into Mubi with little or no resistance from Nigerian troops based in the town.

Reports indicate that the militants have since bombed a prison yard and a major police facility in the town, and taken over the headquarters of the former Special Operations Battalion (SOB) now known as the 234 Battalion.

A Source said military authorities in Abuja were particularly nervous about the insurgents’ capture of the barracks because the retreating soldiers left behind a huge cache of sophisticated weapons kept at the armory in Mubi.

“With the weapons in their possession, these militants can pose a serious threat to many other parts of the state and beyond,” a military officer told SaharaReporters.

 

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