Barely three weeks after the Baga massacre, reports coming out from Borno State indicate that gunmen in their hundreds in a long convoy of Hilux vans attacked Marte Local Government Area yesterday evening and in the process burnt down all public buildings including schools, hospitals/clinics, police stations and all telecommunications masts in the council headquarters.
Marte, which is about 150 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital, shares borders with Baga and Chad Republic. It is also a hot-bed of Boko Haram activities.
A top police officer in Marte said: “The gunmen invaded the town at about 4p.m with over 50 Hilux 4-wheel drive vehicles armed with sophisticated weapons, chanting Allahu Akbar, meaning (God is Great) and started throwing Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, at all public structures without being challenged by security operatives.”
Another reliable source said: “Apart from the Lake Chad Development site, no other public structure remained standing in the town as all of them have been destroyed by the terrorists.”
It was learnt that shortly after the Baga carnage, the suspected terrorists had issued a warning that Marte town would be their next target of attack.
However, no life was lost as the gunmen had warned those working in the public buildings in the town to vacate before they carried out their attack.
The State Police Command as at the time of this report had yet to confirm the incident but a top security officer who did not want his name mentioned confirmed the incident.