Richard Ginika Izuora
Boko Haram insurgents, on Wednesday, January 6, reportedly launched an attack on Geidam; one of the biggest towns in Yobe State, leaving the residents fleeing.
Geidam town, about 180 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe state capital; is the town where the headquarter of the Geidam local government area is located.
The insurgents were believed to have taken position; around the town at about 2 pm on Wednesday, before shooting at about 6 pm which got residents fleeing.
Many houses were set ablaze; as residents ran into the bush.
However, soldiers and air bombardment later came to uproot the insurgents.
One source said the town regained normalcy at about 8 pm when the Boko Haram insurgents were chased off by the military.
The Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni directed the State Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency support and take stock of destructions from the Boko Haram attack on the town.
Buni, while commiserating with the people of Geidam, described the attack as most unfortunate.
He said, “The attack came at a time when there is a general improvement in peace and security across the state.
“The general improvement in security and support provided by the government; has given our people the opportunity to gradually resettle and reclaim their means of livelihood.”
However, the Governor stated that the attack would not deter the government; in its efforts to rebuild, reconstruct and rehabilitate communities initially destroyed by the insurgency.
He also commended the people of the state for their resilience and determination; to rebuild their lives and move forward.
He assured that “the government and people of Yobe state would continue to partner with the security agencies; for the full return of peace and security across the state.”
Meanwhile, SEMA officials have visited Geidam where they took stock of the destructions on private and public properties.
SEMA Executive Secretary, Dr Mohammed Goje, said the agency had commenced stock-taking of the damages caused by the attack.
He said, “In line with the directives of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, l am leading the team to Geidam to assess the situation and see areas in need of immediate intervention to provide succour to the people.”