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Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

Residents applaud military, as normalcy returns to captured towns of Adamawa

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Nigerian ArmyFrom Umar Dankano, Yola

The residents of the recaptured towns of Gombi, Hong, Maiha and the commercial border town of Mubi have expressed gratitude and commendations to the Nigerian troops for the excellent and the bravery efforts exhibited in addressing the ungodly activities of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in the State.

Our correspondent, who was among the team of Journalists that visited those areas weekend reported that normalcy have started returning back as few residents were seen going about their lawful activities.

As at the time of a media visit to Mubi, decomposing bodies of the insurgents were seen at some places while their bombed hard ware’s including APC’s, Hilux vans and motorcycles lies at various locations especially Mararrabar Mubi where intense fighting took place leading to the destruction of many buildings.

Some residents of the area who spoke to our correspondent in Mubi expressed happiness with the recent situation as they said they feel secure now being in the firm control of the military adding that the soldiers have been kind to them as they relived them with kind words.

A visit round the town shows low human activity as major streets of the town remains deserted while shops across the major streets of Mubi have remained under lock and key save for some few traders at the Central Market who have opened shop and started trading their wares.

Malam Buhari Abba, a business Man at the Mubi central market expressed delight over the return of normalcy thanking the authorities for restoring order to the town.

“As you can see, we have started opening our shops in a peaceful atmosphere without the fear of being molested. This is a welcome development, because when the Boko Haram guys were having a field day, they can pounce on you unceremoniously but with the coming of our Military personnel the situation has changed for good.” Abbas stated.

However reports from the area have revealed that all the commercial banks in the town have been vandalized and looted by the Boko Haram.

Bawuro pleaded that all the littered corpses of the slain insurgents should be evacuated as they constitute health hazard to humanity.

Residents of the areas also appealed to the mobile network providers to   restore GSM network to the area as its absence constitute a major stumbling block to the dissemination of information to displaced residents.

Our correspondent also observed that the military have already started a mop-up operation, in preparation to the opening of the town for the re-coming of displaced residents, as every inch of the town was combed by soldiers who maintained vigilance.

Also, the Nigerian Police and Immigration Services were fully seen in

operation, as a visit to the Area Command of Mubi have seen police officers on duty while their vehicles on patrol were seen combing the town as they also mounted stop and search to with the aim to fishing out remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.

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