No fewer that hundred thousand (100,000) residents of Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar Local government Area of Borno state, have reportedly fled to Niger republic, following the Wednesday attack by Boko-Haram terrorist group.
Daily Trust reported that the Wednesday’s attack on Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar LGA, made it the sixth time in the last two weeks; and in the last four days, Nigerian ground troops supported by the air component have been battling for the control of the agrarian community.
There was no official statement from the military on the status of the town, which had survived nearly 11 years of intermittent onslaught by terrorists.
But credible sources said the terrorists finally hoisted their flags on Wednesday, and were still in the town at the time of filing this report.
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Damasak, situated 188 kilometres from Maiduguri, is a strategic town in the northern part of Borno, bordering Niger Republic and other LGAs in the shores of Lake Chad.
Confirming the Wednesday attack, the senator representing Borno North in the senate, Abubakar Kyari, told reporters that the town had been overrun by the insurgents who stormed the area around 1 pm.
He said; “We are aware of the attack last night, they (Boko Haram) burnt several houses and some people lost their lives. Some people sustained bullet wounds and many properties set on fire.
“But most disturbing reports that we received this afternoon is that they are back in Damasak now, from about 1 pm and they are still there as of 1745hrs, so this is the latest reports. There is a brigade there but the town was sacked yesterday.
“The reports we received was that they have buried 10 people and 20 people have been wounded, so the people have fled the town.
“The people are desirous of staying in Damasak, but because of the insecurity, some have fled to the bush and others to neighbouring Niger for safety, but we came here to meet with the governor with all members of the House of Representatives.
“Our major concern is the safety and welfare of our people. We feel their pain, we feel their hardship and we want to give them the assurance that the government is up and doing.
Also the Managing Director of North East Development Commission, Dr Mohammed Alkali, who also led another delegation and met with Governor Zulum expressed worry over the reports emerging from Damasak town.
“We are here over the sad incident that is happening in Damasak. Two days ago, Damasak was under attacked and today it is under attacks; so we came here to commiserate with the governor and our people. We want to see how we can come in and synergise to provide succour to the affected people.
“The military is doing well but they should enhance their activities so that we see things ending as quickly as possible,” he said.
The terrorist group, Boko-Haram, have been terrorizing the North-East part of the country since 2009. Boko-Haram have abducted most secondary school girls in to their captivity, with yesterday marking seven years of the abduction of Government Girls Secondary School students in 2014, reportedly, over 100 of the abducted girls are still in captivity, without any information on their state of being.
Also Leah Sharibu, a victim of the Boko Haram group was reported to have given birth two time in the year 2020.
The Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari, which was elected in to office in 2015, with three mandate, of fighting corruption, economy, and defeating the terrorist group, Boko-Haram, is still combating the group.
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