Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
Suspected members of Boko Haram Wednesday evening attacked Geidam, a town in Yobe State.
The gunshots by the insurgents caused many residents to panic and flee into the bush while others hid in their houses.
A resident, who managed to speak with PREMIUM TIMES in a terrified voice, said the gunshots were massive.
“The gunshot outside is so much. I can’t talk now please,” the Geidam resident said.
The State police Public Relation Officer, Abdulkarim Dungus, told PREMIUM TIMES that he heard the Divisional Police Officer of Geidam firing from his gun when he tried to contact him.
“I called my DPO in Geidam and he is also under fire. I could hear the gunshot from him. He has promised to call back,” Mr Dungus, an assistant superintendent of police, said.
Geidam is about 200km from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and one of the border towns between Nigeria and Niger Republic. It also shares a boundary with Borno State from the north.
The town has been attacked by Boko Haram several times leading to loss of lives and property
While speaking to Neptune Prime after the attack, villagers have expressed their displeasure saying they see no reason why soldiers should continue to remain in Geidam town of Yobe State, apart from extorting money from truck drivers and filling station owners, adding no value to the ongoing war against insurgency.
Villagers claim the soldiers got prior information today since 11am that Boko Haram terrorists may likely attack the town because they were seen in about 10 trucks by some villagers but they did nothing to avert the attack.
Now, Boko haram insurgents have succeeded in carting away food items and burning some structures according some sources from the town before they left.
If this is how Nigeria will end Boko Haram then, we’re just deceiving ourselves