Scores of people have been feared dead after suspected members of Islamist sect Boko Haram invaded three communities of Sabon Gari, Kafin Hausa and Bakin Dutse of Madagali Local government Area of Adamawa State.
The victims were mostly returning farmers and herdsmen whose houses were set ablaze in attacks said to have lasted for three days. Over 50 houses were burnt.
According to a Maiduguri-based police officer who hails from the area, his family house was one of those destroyed by the terrorists. The officer who spoke to Vanguard anonymously disclosed that when some people alerted the security operatives stationed in Gulak and Madagali, there was no response until the whole place was destroyed by the insurgents.
“My distressed people called me about the deadly attacks that lasted for three days beginning from Wednesday, but no positive response until the whole villages were destroyed; many of our people might have been killed, but fortunately, after they returned to the troubled communities, they chose to spend their whole day and night in their farmlands for safety.”
He told Vanguard that the town is now deserted as most of the lucky survivors have fled.