Adamawa: Two months of horror

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BY UMAR YUSUF, YOLA

Boko Haram  in Adamawa State  has become a phenomenon, following wanton killings between  January and February. The phenomenon  created an atmosphere of fear  in the state.
The killings were carried out  mostly in  Adamawa North  villages.

In the two months, no fewer than 49  persons were killed.  In  January, there was an insurgency  attack in Maiha which claimed  13  lives. In  the same month,16 persons were said to have been killed in some villages in Madagali  local government area.

One of the burnt school buildings in Maiduguri

One of the burnt school buildings in Maiduguri

In February, there were attacks in two local government areas  of the state, including Madagali, where some villages were razed and three commercial banks burnt while 11 persons lost their lives in the process.
Also attacked  were  a Catholic Minor Seminary in Shuwa, schools, a  bishop’s house and the residence of a prominent businessman.

In Michika local government area, two persons were reportedly  killed while the Divisional Police Station, an old generation bank and shops were said to have been attacked after  insurgents ransacked  them.
In Shuwa, Kubla and Kiringa,  in Madagali LGAs, 25 persons were killed  in the  morning of  Wednesday, 26th  February,2014 by  insurgents. Worried  by the insurgency in Adamawa,  suggestions have been proffered  on how to contain it.

Convening  a security summit that would rally  men and women of integrity to address the challenge is one of the suggestions. Another suggestion is that the efforts of the Joint Task Force deployed to the state  can be meaningful  only if  citizens avail  the military deployed to the state in the wake of the emergency rule declared there  with useful information.

Some stakeholders want  reinforcement of  the military  to the border towns and villages, from the stretch of Madagali in Adamawa  to Gwoza in Borno and environs.
Another suggestion is that  mobile police should  take charge of  security in  the hinterlands, as well as the state capital while  community leaders work in conjunction with security operatives to keep  records of strangers. Some people want  government to deploy the military  in Adamawa based on their professional training on how best to curb insurgency.

 

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