Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed scores of people in the recently captured Gamboru Ngala.
AFP made this known yesterday, August 30, with reference to witnesses. The Nigerian town located on the border with Cameroon was seized by the terrorists earlier this week after the long-lasting battle between the insurgents and the military. The fierce clash forced thousands of residents out of their homes to the neigbouring country.
A refugee to Fotokol, Cameroon, identified as Sidi Kyarimi narrated how the insurgents armed with guns and machetes stormed the town:
“They are now killing people like chickens. They started by selective killings and later went on a killing spree. They threaten to kill anybody who refuses to leave the town. They say we don’t belong.”
The witness added that the insurgents had also murdered the town’s highest Muslim cleric and the head of its traders’ union.
Another refugee, Yusuf Sanda, confirmed:
“They have been breaking into homes and shops and looting them. Initially they said we were free to stay or leave but now they are saying all residents should leave the town because it is now an Islamic Caliphate.”
It would be recalled that in a recent video obtained last Sunday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed caliphate in the captured town of Gwoza, Borno State. Now the sect allegedly controls at least three districts in Borno state and at least one each in Yobe and Adamawa states.
While the Nigerian military insist that the country boundaries are intact and claim Shekau’s declarations “empty”, the information gathered from various resources indicates the opposite.
In the predominantly Christian town Madagali, Adamawa State, a lot of people had been killed and women converted into Islam and forced to marry militants, alleged the spokesman for the Roman Catholic diocese of Maiduguri.
Father Gideon Obasogie said in a statement:
“Christian men were caught and beheaded, the women were forced to become Muslim and were taken as wives to the terrorists. The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the Haramists. Their cars are used by the terrorists. Strict Sharia law had been promulgated.”
Since last year three states have been under the state of emergency: Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. Critics insists that the states have witnessed the most unprecedented attack within this period, including abduction of more than 200 Chibok school girls, and say that presence of military does not allow to handle the security situation, especially in remote regions.