BARELY 24 hours after the massacre of some students in Yobe State, rampaging gunmen on Wednesday night descended heavily on two local government areas of Adamawa state, killing, maiming as well as burning houses, including some banks.
Madagli and Michika Local Government Areas of Adamawa State have come under heavy fresh attack as insurgents launched assault on the two local governments leading to the death of about 15 people.
In recent time, insurgent attacks have escalated within the border villages of Adamawa and Borno resulting in the sacking of over 20 border villages.
The unknown gunmen first struck the border village of Kirchinga in Madagali Local Government at about 8:30pm where they set houses ablaze before proceeding to Shuwa where they killed eleven persons.
Eye witness account at the village said immediately the gunmen attacked Kirchinga, many of the residents fled to Shuwa for safety but the gunmen went on their trail and pursued them up to Shuwa where they killed eleven people.
Nigeria Tribune also gathered that the attackers were undaunting as they came into the town in a convoy of 13 Hilux pick up vans shooting sporadically as people scampered in different directions for safety.
The source maintained that the military personnel manning different check points in the area beat a retreat as the gunmen had a field day as they laid siege on the border villages for more than five hours.
A resident of Shuwa, Mr Kwaje Bitrus, said “the gunmen launched attack on many places in Shuwa including a Bishop’s House, Theological School, police station as well as houses of prominent people in the town leading to the death of two people.”
The Chairman of Madagali Local Government Mr. Maina Ularamu confirmed the incident.
A pastor who preferred anonymity, said the gunmen destroyed three banks and many shops in the town while four lives were lost in the attack which lasted throughout the night.
“When the soldiers at the military check points saw the number of the attackers, they retreated into the nearby bushes as the gunmen operated without challenge during the operation that lasted throughout the night,” he said.
When contacted, the member representing Michika Local Government in Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Adamu Kamale, also confirmed the attack on Michika.
Similarly, the Army Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Armoured Brigade Captain Jafaru Nuhu confirmed the incident but could not ascertain the number of casualties.
We slept in hills
Some residents of Michika town in Adamawa said they slept in the hills and nearby bushes during Wednesday night attack on the town by suspected insurgents.
Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone on Thursday that the attackers arrived the town around 9p.m to unleash the mayhem for about five hours.
“They burnt three banks, police station, shops and part of the Michika Local Government Council secretariat.
“They came in nine Toyota Hilux vans firing guns and throwing explosives,” a resident who simply identified himself as Fide said.
Fide said he saw corpses of two victims whose remains were recovered on Thursday morning.
“One of the dead body is that of a staff of Bank of Agriculture,” Fide said.
Schools, university empty after deadly attack
Meanwhile, terrified students in northeast Nigeria have fled boarding schools after an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in which 43 students were shot and hacked to death and the whole school razed.
Students refused to stay overnight in their schools and colleges in the wake of the attack on the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Yobe State on Tuesday.
“Most students of boarding secondary schools have vacated their hostels and moved back to their homes after news of the Buni Yadi attack,” Yunusa Ahmed, who lives in the state capital, Damaturu, told AFP.
Ahmed’s son is currently studying at the city’s Government Secondary School but has now moved back home along with two classmates.
“They went to school today (Wednesday) but returned after classes ended because they are too afraid to sleep in the school for fear of a Boko Haram attack,” Ahmed said.
A student at GSS Damaturu, who gave his name only as Mubarak, said students fled their dorms in fear of further attacks.
The Federal Government College, a girls’ school in Yobe state’s commercial hub Potiskum, was shut indefinitely after concerned parents took their daughters home, fearing it could be hit next, a teacher at the school said.
Students have also fled at least two other boarding schools in the town, say locals.
The fear of renewed violence was heightened by claims that the attackers of Buni Yadi were spotted in a nearby village afterwards, Kabir added.
Students of Bukar Abba Ibrahim University in Damaturu have also abandoned their halls of residence.
“The attacks on secondary schools are a clear warning to us in the university because if the attackers could murder secondary school children one can only imagine what they would do if they attack a university,” said student Bashir Sani.