Police allay fears of Boko Haram presence in Jos
By Ndahi Marama & Marie-Therese Nanlong
MAIDUGURI—A suspected group of Boko Haram sect yesterday invaded Hambagtha and Limankara in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State killing scores of people and destroying houses.
This came as three persons suspected to be members of the sect were apprehended in Terminus area of Jos North local government area of Plateau State but the State Police Command allayed the fears of residents, saying there was no need to panic.
The terrorists also wounded many people after looting their foodstuff, including livestock, and fled without confrontation from the hapless villagers.
Gwoza was declared as an Islamic Caliphate by the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, last year when his fighters seized the town which is south and about 150kms from Maiduguri, the state capital.
After the deadly attacks and taken over of Gwoza by the terrorists last year, including Limankara village, no fewer than 40 policemen undergoing training at the Limankara Mobile Training Camp were declared missing, although a few of them were reported to have been located and rescued, with over 30 still missing at the time of this report.
Reliable sources told Vanguard that with the liberation of Gwoza by military troops early this year, many fleeing residents returned to Gwoza and other surrounding villages to pick up the pieces of their lives, before another group of terrorists launched fresh attacks on neighbouring communities, killing unspecified number of people.