- Residents in Dapchi, Yobe state are living in fear
- Persons living in the area have claimed that they have been abandoned by soldiers after the last attack by insurgents
- The residents called on the federal government to send them both policemen and soldiers for their protection
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The federal government has been called upon to urgently deploy soldiers and security officials to the Dapchi area of Yobe state.
The call was made by residents in the area who claimed that they have been abandoned by soldiers after insurgents attacked and destroyed their camp recently.
One of the residents who refused to reveal his identity disclosed to journalists that people in Dapchi now live in fear with rumours of an imminent attack by Boko Haram terrorists, The Cable reports.
The unnamed resident stated: “Two days ago, we fled into the bushes to hide when we heard that they (Boko Haram) were coming to attack.
“We sent our children, women and the aged who could not run to stay in neighbouring places while the men remained in the town but were sleeping in the bushes at night.”
He went on to say that since the last raid by the insurgents, soldiers have deserted the area leaving it porous and accessible for terrorists.
The resident lamented: "They left after Boko Haram burnt their camp and we have been sleeping with our two eyes open for fear of the unknown.
“There are a few mobile policemen here, but in the evening, they normally go to another community called Baimari."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Dapchi had been attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
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The terrorists were said to have burnt the houses of some residents who fled the town. The source was reported to have claimed that the insurgents who came in many vehicles are even patrolling the town.
According to the source, many residents were in the bush to save themselves from the rampaging insurgents.
In a similar post, Legit.ng gathered that residents in the town on Thursday, March 5, said jihadists killed five policemen in an attack as the town had become vulnerable to ISWAP fighters.
ISWAP terrorists, a Boko Haram faction, in four trucks stormed the northeastern part of Yobe state which sparked intense fighting with security forces, according to residents.
A local resident speaking on condition of anonymity said: “This morning, we collected the bodies of five policemen killed in the fight with the insurgents. The attackers came around 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) and started shooting indiscriminately which made everyone to scamper indoors.”
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