Yobe State: 5 Dead 30 Missing As Book Haram Attacks

5 Dead 30 Missing As Book Haram Attacks. An attack by terrorist group Boko Haram on a military base in Yobe State Saturday night has reportedly killed five soldiers and left around 30 others missing.

The army, has however, denied that it suffered any casualties.

5 Dead 30 Missing As Book Haram Attacks

“Yes, there was an attack on our troops two days ago by Boko Haram terrorists in Kannama town. It was, however, repelled. Our soldiers are in hot pursuit of the fleeing insurgents,” Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, spokesman of 3 Division, Nigerian Army, in Damaturu, said yesterday.

However, a top security source revealed to The Guardian that about five soldiers were found dead and evacuated to Maiduguri, also saying that about 30 others were still missing.

An eyewitness, Bukar, also revealed that the attackers arrived in seven Toyota Hilux vans. “We thought they were soldiers because everything about them was like soldiers, their dressing, their vehicles, everything. They passed through the town but did not touch anybody. They went straight to the military base. Then we started hearing heavy gunshots,” he stated.

Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, during the weekend, had ordered council chairmen and workers to return to liberated communities and see that civil authority is reatored.

He did this while swearing in 27 local government caretaker chairmen at Government House, Maiduguri, pointing out that he had instructed the Local Government Service Commission to put in place mechanisms to deal with any worker who disobeyed the order.  5 Dead 30 Missing As Book Haram Attacks

The military’s Operation Lafiya Dole liberated over 12 council areas which includes Ngala, a border community with Cameroon between 2014 and 2016.

All this is however not clear in some local government areas, such as Marte, Abadam, Guzamala, Kala/Balge, Bama and Gwoza East.

The atmosphere of caution over the entire state might have causethe need to nudge the officials into compliance.

“You should relocate to respective liberated communities, to ensure that civil authority is restored. The immediate relocation and return must be done alongside your workers,” said Shettima.

He also warned: “It is not yet time for politicking. Any government official that wants to embark on politicking should resign, because we are going on a massive provision of dividends of democracy to the people in the first six months of 2018.”

He told the officials: “You should move to your local government headquarters and swear in your councilors, with the exception of the chairmen of Marte and Abadam, whose communities are yet to be assessed for relocation.”

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