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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Doubt over hunters claim of killing 70 Boko Haram in Adamawa

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

There were conflicting reports yesterday, that no fewer than 70 members of the dreaded Boko Haram members who took hold of Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of the state have been reported killed by local hunters.

Residents say that the youths and vigilante ambushed and killed over 70 insurgents on the exit from their base.

The group, which have been raining havoc on the boundary communities in Adamawa and Borno states were said to have ran short of ammunitions.

Vandi Joseph, a resident of Michika, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Yola, said that the bandits ran short of ammunitions, therefore compelling them to run out of the city into the bush.

“As I am speaking to you, our youths and vigilante ambushed and killed over 70 insurgents on the exit, because they ran out of ammunitions”.

It was however gathered that normalcy had returned back in those areas, as the Nigerian soldiers have taken over the local government area from the insurgents.

Similarly, the Emir of Mubi emirate in the state, Alh. Abubakar Isa Ahmadu explained that there is no insurgency activity in Mubi and no Boko Haram casualty anywhere in Mubi-North, Mubi-South and Maiha local government areas.

The Emir, who spoke through Danruwata of Mubi Emirate Council, Chief John Babani Elias also debunked media reports that he fled away from his kingdom on fear of been attacked by the members of the dreaded Boko Haram, after the fall of his neighbouring town of Michika and Madagali.

He said that the royal father left Mubi to Yola for the state assignment.

In a related development, insurgent attacks have displaced 1,300 in Adamawa state.

Abdulmumini Jauro, the commandant-in-charge of the refugee’s camp, told reporters yesterday that,”We have so far registered 1,300 internally displaced persons (IDPs), who escaped from insurgents’ attacks in Madagali, Michika and Mubi”.

According to Jauro, the figure includes nine pregnant women, 162 students running from the crisis from Adamawa State University and the Federal Polytechnic, both in Mubi, adding that 175 of the IDPs are children, mostly aged between 3 and 7 years.

Sadly, the attacks have resulted in pregnant women eating raw maize on hilltops to survive, according to a resident account.

Reports from Michika indicated that many pregnant women who have fled to hilltops in the bush following deadly attacks by the insurgents were now surviving with raw maize.

The resident, who spoke on the Hausa Service of the BBC monitored in Jos yesterday, said apart from the pregnant women taking cover on the hilltops, there are countless survivors who were presently on the hilltops also taking cover, adding that he had not seen his children since the invasion of the town.

He said, “There are many pregnant women who are sleeping on the hilltops. They eat raw maize to survive, together with other people who have also fled to the bush for their lives. People are in hard situation. Since the day of the attack I have not seen my children. It is terrible.”

 

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