Residents flee as Boko Haram take over Borno communities
has been mass movement of people out of communities in Borno State
through Damaturu the Yobe State capital to Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi,
Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa states.
Residents told our correspondent, the Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked some communities in Borno, were targeting soldiers.
Haram had last week overran Baga, Doron-Baga, Kross Kawwa, Bunduran,
Kekeno and Kukawa towns of Borno State after three days of intense
Mallam Bukar Kachalla and Mr. Abacha Musa told one
of our correspondents on the phone on Monday that since late Saturday
there has been a mass movement of people through Dapchi and Damaturu to
other neigbouring states like Jigawa, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Gombe.
said, “Baga is a big fishing community and people from other states
especially Hausas used to stay there for fishing business, but following
the attack on Baga and other towns, hundreds of people have been
fleeing the area.
“One of those who fled, Mallam Isa Haruna
said the Boko Haram fighters who invaded Baga were friendly and even
prayed in the mosque together.
“They were not concerned about us, the civilians, but their targets were the soldiers.”
noted that those fleeing the towns in Borno under Boko Haram control
have lamented the hardship facing them as they have to trek miles before
getting vehicles to Damaturu.
On his part, Mallam Bukar
Kachalla who wondered why Boko Harm usually becomes fierce towards
elections said dozens of people have been fleeing Borno since Saturday.
He called on the international community to help dislodge Boko Haram from the northeast for the peace and security of the region