Olufamous-There is fire on the mountain. The Boko Haram fundamentalist sect has seized five North-Eastern towns in a space of five days, killing hundreds and leaving thousands of residents fleeing for safety as it continues its quest to establish a caliphate in the country.
The towns captured within the last few days included:
The Secretary to Adamawa Government, Prof. Liman Tukur, on Saturday confirmed the capitulation of Gulak and Madagali. During the attacks, the sect reportedly burnt down the residence of a former Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak in Gula.
Data from different population websites show that the five towns have a combined population figure of 170, 743; Bama -118,121; Madagali -12,919; Bara -11,673; Banki – 4,935; Gulaki -23,095. [Add Michika In Adamawa]Earlier in July, the sect had displaced thousands of people after it seized six other towns in Borno and Yobe states. The towns included Dikwa -29,026; Buni Yadi -4,768; Gamboru Ngala -240,000; Gwoza -15,176; Damboa -233,200 and Marte -15,707 with a total population of 537,877.
Another source also said the rampaging insurgents razed the residence of the acting Governor of Adamawa State, Adamu Fintiri in the town. Both Gulak and Fintirin are indigenes of Gulak community.
“On behalf of the people and government of Adamawa, we deeply sympathise with the people of Gulak and other surrounding villages and towns whose areas have been overran by insurgents.
“The concomitant effects of the insurgency like displacement of whole villages and towns create multitudes of internally displaced persons whose management and welfare, the government is left to bear.”
Punch’s efforts to get the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, to comment on the new developments in Adamawa were not successful as calls to his mobile phone did not connect.
Also, Olukolade had not responded to a text message on the issue as of the time of filing this report.
However on Friday, the Defence Headquarters issued a statement to reassure Nigerians that the insurgents would be flushed out of Bama and Gwoza.
The statement says, “Everything will be done to reverse the situation and defeat the rampaging terrorists. It is necessary to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than ever determined and committed to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of any odds. It is not only the pride and reputation of the military that is at stake but that of the entire nation.”
At this point that Boko Haram is now taking over towns with impunity, we really need help.