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UPDATE: Boko Haram invades Yobe to take over Govt House

These terrorists are getting
more daring by the day, to
the extent that they now
want to take over the Yobe
State government house.

Boko Haram members on
Monday attacked Maiduguri
and Damaturu, the capital
towns of troubled Borno
and Yobe states, and killed
several people.

The insurgents also sacked
police stations in the towns
and shot at a Nigerian Air
Force jet even as they went
as far as attempting to take
over the Government House
in Damaturu.

A security source who
preferred anonymity said
the insurgents, numbering
over one hundred,
attacked the Police Mobile
Unit where they
exchanged gunfire with
the police on duty and
succeeded in chasing all
the police officers away.

But the military reportedly
put up a fierce battle to
avoid losing the seat of
power to the insurgents.

And Governor Ibrahim
Gaidam later issued a
statement to commend the
gallantry of the soldiers for
successfully defending the
Government House.

In the attacks on the two
state capitals, six people
were said to have been
killed in Maiduguri where
female suicide bombers
attacked shops in the
Monday Market while the
casualty figure for
Damaturu, where insurgents
reportedly fired consistently
for hours, is yet to be
released.

In Damaturu, the insurgents
attacked a police station and
opened fire on an air force
fighter jet circling the
attacked area, witnesses
said.

The insurgents, sources told
Punch, had arrived in the
Yobe State capital as early as
4.00am from Gujba and that
they started shooting
sporadically as soon as they
entered the city thus forcing
many residents to flee into
the bushes.

Many residents of the town
in areas such as Pawari and
Byepass immediately
abandoned their abodes and
fled. Gujba is in the south-
eastern part of the town.

The administrative block of
the Yobe State University
and that of the state radio
corporation and the Police
Mobile Base, all located along
the path of the insurgents
were said to have been set
ablaze.

The witness said, “The
military jet has to be
deployed to push the
insurgents back as the
situation is now under
control and the entire town
has been cordoned off.

“The casualties cannot be
counted for now but it is
massive; the insurgents
were overwhelmed and
they suffered a lot of death
but few police officers and
civilians were also killed in
the crossfire.”

What is really happening? Is
this how we will continue in
business as usual attitude in
Nigeria?


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