A report by TheCable indicates that suspected members of the Boko Haram have reportedly killed many people in Garkida, a town in Gombi local government area of Adamawa state.
Legit.ng gathered that the insurgents broke into the town around 7 pm on Friday, February 21, shooting sporadically.
According to the report, the soldiers who were said to have engaged them in a gun battle later pulled back for reinforcement.
After the security operatives beat a retreat, the insurgents were said to have moved into the town fully, setting many houses on fire.
“Garkida is currently on fire… many people have been killed and their houses covered with smoke,” a source was quoted to have said.
The source said having wreaked havoc on Garkida, the insurgents advanced to neighboring towns.
The online medium also noted that another source confirmed the incident but said the security operatives have returned to the town.
The source was reported to have said that the insurgents hoisted their flag in the town but the veracity of the claim could not be verified.
“People ran to hide inside the mountains while they watched their houses being burnt by the insurgents,” another resident said.
A former chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Adamawa, who is a native of Garkida, said he got the information that Boko Haram fighters overpowered soldiers in the town.
The medium further stressed that Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, could not be reached for comments on the attack which happened hours after Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, wrote a letter to the troops, expressing confidence in their ability to end the war against Boko Haram.
Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, had said that he was confident that troops in the northeast would end Boko Haram insurgency soon.
Channels TV also reports that the police public relations officer in Adamawa state, Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the attack.
He disclosed that policemen and other security personnel have been drafted to Gombi town and its environs, to prevent the insurgents from gaining access to the town.
The command’s spokesman, however, could not give details of the attack while the time the insurgents carried out the attack has yet to be ascertained.
Boko Haram insurgents have attacked communities in the northern area of Adamawa in search of food items, such as the recent attack in Michika local government area in January.
It was reported that the insurgents attacked vehicles driving along the route which is located 70 kilometers north from Damaturu the Yobe state capital.
The military seems to have gotten information about the attack and has deployed men to the area to battle the insurgents.
Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, who serves as one of the spokespersons in sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, said the army troops were mobilised to the area.
In another report, it was learnt that in the wake of members of the insurgent groups laying down their arms and renouncing violence, Major General Bamide Shafa, the coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, revealed the government's reasons behind the adoption of a safe platform for repentant fighters.
Shafa spoke at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, Maiduguri, Borno state, told reformed and repentant insurgents numbering about 86 that war could not be won alone with force.
The army commander advocated that dialogue is the better way of ending the war, especially when the other side lays down their arms. He went on to note that the former insurgents on their own voluntarily surrendered and decided to return to society as normal citizens.
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