Just 24 hours after the state governor of Borno, Babagana Umara Zulum presented four patrol vehicles to the Joint Civil Task Force also known as CJTF and hunters when he visited Gajiganna to strengthen resilience among residents and ensure the safety of lives and property, the insurgents attacked the area, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes in Maiduguri, the capital of the state of Borno.
According to the residents, who fled to Maiduguri on Thursday, around 17:30, Boko Haram of the ISWAP faction attacked Gajiram, Gajiganna, Gubio and Magumeri in a rapid and simultaneous operation to drive away security forces, vigilantes and CJTF in the areas
Some of the residents who are currently accessing shelters in camps and host communities inside Maiduguri, the state capital, said, insurgents took everyone by surprise.
According to them, security forces regrouped, strengthened and fought again to repel insurgents who retreated but informed residents that they would return, information that forced many residents to move to Maiduguri.
Abubakar Ahmed, a resident of Gubio, told Latest Nigeria News Friday morning when he arrived in Shuwari to stay within the host community that, as far as he knows, the insurgents did not kill anyone.
“They were telling people that, they were not attacking civilians, however, they burnt some properties in Gubio. Some people said they took away vehicles belonging to security forces and killed some but I did not see that as everybody I believe was looking to escape the madness. Many people who are arriving Maiduguri have different stories to tell and I believe so many may arrive later in the day if the security forces did not return them because they are station at the entrance trying to convince fleeing families to return as according to Tue the situation now is calm,” Abubakar said.
During his visit to the areas earlier, Professor Zulum had commended the Nigerian Military and other security agencies for protecting the lives and properties of Gajiganna community.
He also, ordered the enrollment of 112 hunters and the CJTF to a monthly payment roll for their role in providing security to the areas and as well as called on the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace, stressing on the federal government’s operation save corridor window for those willing to return.
Attempt to get response from Col. Ado Isa spokesman of the 7 division Nigeria Army did not get through as his phone was switched off, however, a source within the division informed that, at about 8:00pm; situation at locations were under firm control of the Nigerian military