- Suspected Boko Haram members have cut off networks in Geidam town, Yobe state
- The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba hails from the town
- The state police command has confirmed the incident
A report by Daily Trust indicates that the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents have razed the masts of some telecommunications in Geidam town in Yobe state.
Legit.ng gathered that many residents of the town no longer have networks on their mobile phones due to the activities of the insurgents.
The report said that Geidam is the hometown of the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba and the immediate former governor of the state, Ibrahim Geidam.
It was reported that the attackers first struck on the evening of Friday, April 23, but they took cover following airstrikes from the military.
According to the report, Ali Maina, one of the residents, said after the Air Force jet which hovered around the town left, the insurgents returned.
“They wreaked havoc on the town this morning. We can see buildings burning and they forced several shops opened carting away food items.
“We are more frightened this time around, because we don’t know their mission. We are cut off from both MTN and Airtel services obviously they have tampered with the system.
“We are currently at the mercy of God praying for protection, they have more than 15 Hilux vehicles. Security forces need to do more to tackle this attacks.”
The police spokesman of Yobe state command, Dungus Abdulkarim, has reportedly confirmed the attack.
He said letters with a mixture of both Arabic and Hausa inscriptions, advocating the establishment of an Islamic state, were dropped all over the town by the insurgents.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Islamic cleric and frontline mediator in the battle to end the scourge of banditry in Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, urged the federal government to take his advice and grant amnesty to bandits for them to lay down their arms.
It was reported that the cleric said he was helpless in the case of Kaduna state because the state government had not shown any readiness to negotiate with the bandits.
Gumi, who is from Kaduna state, said the only way he could intervene as he did in Niger and Katsina states was for El-Rufai to reconsider his stance against negotiation with bandits.