- Boko Haram recaptures Gamboru-Ngala at Nigeria-Cameroon border
- Boko Haram declared a ‘Caliphate’ in Gwoza as it conquered more territory in Yobe and Adamawa states with weapons and tanks obtained from the Nigerian army
August 25, 2014
By: Ibrahim Olalekan
In spate of the incessant attack in the north-eastern states by the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, 480 Nigerian soldiers have fled the region and defected to the northern city of Maroua, in Cameroon.
The British Broadcasting Service (BBC) Africa, said in the Twitter handle twitter.com/BBCAfrica that the soldiers defected to Cameroon, but gave no reason for the defection.
The inability of the Nigerian military to acquire superior weapons to confront the dreaded Boko Haram sect has caused some soldiers to abandon the force while some willingly gave up arms.
Leader of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, had earlier released a video claiming dominance over Gwoza town and declaring it an Islamic caliphate, an action the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade had denied.
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The defence spokesman mentioned that the territorial integrity of Nigeria was intact but a military operation to retake Gwoza was underway.
Last Wednesday, 200 AK 47 assault rifles belonging to the police were carted away by Boko Haram who attacked the Police Academy in Gwoza. The guns were seized from three mobile police units-Mopol 50, Abuja; Mopol 38 and Mopol 58 based in Akwanga and Lafia respectively.
In latest Boko Haram video, terrorists showed Nigerian soldiers running away up the mountains under the heavier weapon power of Boko Haram