By KINGSLEY OMONOBI-ABUJA.
As the battle to dislodge hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents from communities in the North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe continued at the weekend, the Nigerian Military yesterday said it killed over 50 terrorists when it raided one of their hideouts in Kawuri, Borno State.
The military noted that during the raid which scuppered their plan to attack Konduga community, two Anti-Aircraft Guns, one Armoured vehicle, one Fabricated Artillery Gun, and assorted types of ammunition were captured.
Also, “Some hardware, weapons, food items and personal belongings were also destroyed in the Kawuri raid. One (1) Officer and Two (2) Soldiers were seriously wounded”.
The disclosure by Defence headquarters came just as reports from Adamawa state indicated that Michika had allegedly fallen into the hands of the Islamic sect following deadly attack on the community in the early hours of Sunday.
Earlier on Saturday, the Adamawa State government in a statement disclosed that Gulak town, another community that is neighbour to Michika was under the control of the insurgents.
Secretary to Adamawa State Government, Professor Abdullahi L. Tukur in a statement said, “It has come to the attention of the Adamawa State Government that insurgents are now in Gulak, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area and had killed and displaced scores of people.
“The State government deeply sympathises with the people of Gulak in Madagali Local Government 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 (IDPs) whose management and welfare the Government is left to bear. The Adamawa State Government will as much as possible, try to soften the sense of anguish and depravation the IDPs are going through by providing some basic necessities of life.
The statement said further, “The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), is conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), is directed to hasten to the assistance of those affected by the insurgency.
Government is also ready and willing to provide all logistical support to the Military in order to uproot the insurgency from our State. While the curfew imposed in the area is continually reviewed, citizens are advised to be calm and law abiding”, the SSG said .
Madagali, Gulak, Michika, all adjourning communities in Adamawa state are not far from Gwoza community which is a border town in Borno state that was attacked last week by the insurgents.
Several tweets and reports posted on the Defence headquarters blog yesterday said, “Over Fifty terrorists died yesterday afternoon as troops raided their hideout in Kawuri before setting out on a planned attack on Konduga”.
“One Fabricated Artillery Gun, Two Anti – Aircraft gun, an armoured vehicle and assorted types of ammunition were captured in the process”.
“Some hardware, weapons, food items and personal belongings were also destroyed in the Raid. One Officer and Two Soldiers were seriously wounded”.