Boko Haram Attack: Many Feared Dead In Adamawa State

Jennifer Akamanu

 

Many people have been reportedly feared dead on Thursday in fresh Boko Haram attacks in Ghumbili community in the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The attack comes a few days after a similar incident in a neighbouring village in the Local Government, known as Mildu, where seven people were killed by the insurgents.

Confirming the attack, the Chairman of Madagali Local Government Council, Mr. Yusuf Muhammed, told newsmen that the attack lasted from 11 p.m. on Wednesday to 3 a.m. on Thursday.

He recounted that the jihadists burnt no fewer than 60 houses and looted foodstuff.

“They looted foodstuff, killed livestock and burnt the village completely,” he stated.

Muhammed said that the exact number of dead and injured people had yet to be ascertained and that villagers who escaped the attack were currently taking refuge at Gulak, the headquarters of the council.

But the Spokesman of the Police Command in Adamawa, Mr Othman Abubakar, who also confirmed the attack, said that no life was lost.

He said, however, that houses were destroyed in the attack–the latest in a string of deadly blows on mainly soft targets in Nigeria’s troubled northeast.

Speaking on the development, the Executive Chairman of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Haruna Furo, said that only one person was killed and that many houses were destroyed.

The resurgent activities of the insurgents prompted Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to order Nigeria’s military chiefs to move their command base to Maiduguri in order to tackle the Boko Haram fighters more effectively.

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