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.
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.