In what appears a mockery of the Federal Government’s self -professed ceasefire agreement with members of the Islamic extremists more than half of Adamawa State has been captured by the Boko Haram insurgents, The Street Journal can now authoritatively report.
In fierce battles in many Adamawa communities today, the insurgents have overrun dozens of villages, including Mararraban Mubi and Vintim the home town of Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh. Impeccable sources in Yola told our Correspondent that no fewer than 100 people died in the attacks while scores of girls and young married women were abducted.
It was gathered that the attacks launched simultaneously in the communities were targeted at the villages that border Nigeria with Chad and northern Cameroon where the insurgents were said to be in firm control at the time of filing this report.
It was learnt that the insurgents had stormed the villages in over 100 Hilux vans and over 50 motorcycles in the operation that lasted several hours. A reliable source close to the presidency said the Army had given an order restricting movement of people in the State Capital, Yola. It was learnt that the insurgent were advancing towards Yola to further entrench their supremacy and control of the entire state.
Palpable fears, it was learnt, now pervade the entire city of Yola as residents have kept indoor while offices and shops were hurriedly shut. It was gathered that the Nigerian troops were overwhelmed as the insurgents came in large numbers to repel the military personnel that were in scanty presence in the area.
The Street Journal authoritatively learnt that the Boko Haram has entrenched their presence in the captured communities with the establishment of a Caliphate administration with the Islamic extremists foisting their flags in the captured villages. .
Boko Haram insurgents’ attack on communities in Adamawa State particularly those in Michika Local Government Area, .
A resident of Garta, one of the villages raided by the sect members who identified himself as Samuel said the insurgents arrived his village around 9am raiding homes and shops.
He said, “They burnt most of the shops, churches and houses after looting them, as most people had to climb the nearby mountains to save their lives.
“For now I can’t say the number of casualty as we are still in the bush and we learn that they attackers just left the village this morning living their leaders behind as Emirs and head of the Caliphate.”
The Street Journal report also indicated that the insurgents attacked Kuburshosho village where they burnt the family house of former Governor of the state and current Minister of Youth Development, Mr Boni Haruna.
The insurgents were reported to also attempt entering Kamale village but could not make it due to the River which is currently flooded due to the recent downpour.
No fewer than 10,000 Higgi people of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State are now living as refugees in Yola, the state capital and its environs, while Michika and other towns in the local government have become ghost towns.
A pressure group under the banner of Higgi People’s Initiatives Organisation stated that it is necessary for them to cry out so that the whole world will be aware of their plight following the attack of Boko Haram in their land.
Addressing a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre recently, the spokesperson of the group Barr David Barau explained that after the wreaking and destruction of their local government which led to the death of thousands while thousands of Higgi people also seek refuge in Yola the state capital and other parts of the country.
According to Barrister Barau who was a one-time Deputy Governor of the state, “there are today more than 10,000 Higgi people living as refugees in Yola and its environs, while Michika and all other towns in the Local Government Area have become ghost towns.
The group said up till date there is hardly and Federal Government presence in the area whether in terms of infrastructure or socio-economic institution before Boko Haram insurgency compounded to their woes.
He said, “Without any desire to be prescriptive, we would like to draw attention to a part of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria pertinent to our outcry. In chapter 11 section 14 sub 2b of the 1st schedule of the constitution it is clearly stated that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh had on October 17, 2014 announced to the jubilant Nigerians and indeed, the entire world, a ceasefire agreement that the Federal Government had reached with the Boko Haram.
The peace deal came on the heels of the confirmation by the Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Coordinator, National Information Centre (NIC), Mr. Mike Omeri, that the abducted Chibok schoolgirls were hale and hearty.
While the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, attributed the success of the deal with Boko Haram to President Goodluck Jonathan’s shuttle diplomacy to Niger and Chad Republic.