According to Gbadegesin Toyin, police spokesman in Yobe state, “there have been huge explosions and sporadic gunfire around (the) Shagari Low Cost area of the city… we still don’t have details of what is going on but we have alerted our men to confront any eventuality,”
Damaturu, has been under curfew for the better part of the last two weeks now with residents forced to be in their homes from dusk to dawn following running clashes between troops and Islamists. According to a resident, “for more than an hour now we have been besieged by loud explosions and shootings in this neighbourhood and we still can’t figure out what is going on because of the curfew.”
The city is fast becoming a shadow of its old self with reports emerging from that part of the country confirming the steady exit of Christians from the city. Research by Thisday news has revealed that in Potiskum, for instance, out of the about forty churches, twenty-one (21) have been burnt. And residents in the city have confirmed that Christians have continued to leave the town in droves.