Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday morning killed no fewer than 10 people and burnt over 100 houses in Buni Yadi village in Gujba local government area of Yobe State.
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that one of the houses burnt during the attack by the sect belonged to the special adviser to the Yobe State governor on politics and legislative affairs, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni Yadi.
Boko Haram had in February attacked and killed dozens of students of Federal Government College in the same Buni Yadi, which is about 65 kilometres to Damaturu, the state capital. Gujba town witnessed another deadly attack in the College of Agriculture last year where over 40 students were killed.
Sources said the gunmen numbering over 50 invaded the town in the early hours of Saturday and had a field day without being confronted by security agents.
In the last three months, insurgents have attacked Buni Yadi town more about five times but have been repelled by men of the Nigerian Army sometimes.
This time, witnesses said, members of the Boko Haram sect devised a new strategy of dividing themselves into groups and attacking several locations simultaneously.
Sources said one group attacked the army location in the town and succeeded in creating a diversion while another group attacked the main town.
Despite the emergency rule declared in the three states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno, insurgents have continued to carry out attacks against innocent citizens of the north-east region.
President Jonathan, on May 11, 2013, declared emergency rule in the three states. The emergency rule was extended by the president in November 2013 by another six months.
However, the Northern Elders Forum last Tuesday expressed support for calls by Borno and Yobe states’ elders on the federal government to not extend the emergency rule in the two states after April 19 when it is due to expire.
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