Fleeing Survivors Get Threat Letter From Boko Haram

Boko Haram insurgents have sent letters of further violent attacks to survivors in the southern Borno ethnic minority communities who fled to the northern Adamawa areas of Madagali, Michika and Lasa.

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The fleeing residents reportedly received the threat letter after the dreaded sect attacked Pulka, in the Gwoza Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, August 10, killing scores of people.

Mr. Mark Lipdo, Executive Director of Stefanos Foundation, who spoke to Punch said distressed residents have been calling him, expressing their helplessness in view of the inability of the military to come to their aid.

According to Lipdo, they got reports on Sunday that Boko Haram had sent threat letters to the areas where the survivors of their attack have been fleeing to.

He said: “They (the insurgents) asked all women and children to leave Gwoza town or face attack. Report says the militants arrived in the town today (Monday) with hijabs (Muslim veils) and food supplies to younger and average aged women.

“It is not clear what their next action may be; victims are now helpless as they have lost confidence on any government defence. Sources lamented that their people now adhere more to Boko Haram warnings than any government promises.”

Gwoza has come under several violent attacks in recent times. In the early hours of August 6, 2014, heavily-armed fighters, suspected to be the members of the Islamist Boko Haram launched an assault on Gwoza town.

After the attack, about 1,000 people gathered in Maiduguri, Borno State, to protest over alleged abandonment by the federal and state governments.

Many residents of Borno have been displaced by incessant Boko Haram attacks in the area. Many have taken refuge in communities in Adamawa and Taraba states while many have moved to the neighbouring countries like Cameroon.

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