Indications emerged on Tuesday that insurgents might have gained full control of Monguno town in Borno State.
This position was given credence by fleeing residents, who claimed that there is no military presence in the town, which fell into the hands of Boko Haram on Sunday following a fierce battle with troops.
Abdullahi Jibril, who fled to Maiduguri through Gajiganna, also told journalists that residents of Gajiganna a town along the Baga/ Monguno, road are also on the run for fear of an impending attack by insurgents.
“As I am talking to you now, there is no single soldier in Monguno. Anybody that is saying that there are soldiers fighting in Monguno is lying. The Boko Haram members have put their flags in the hospital, police station and the military Barrack. They are preaching in the place right now.
“I was lucky to escape after I moved my father and my mother to Gajiganna. They killed the Imam Bachila of Bakasi area. They also caught the chief Imam of Monguno town, Liman Modu, who is the most respected man in the town”, Jibril said.