Gift Joseph Okpakorese
Insurgents have launched another attack on a community in Borno state.
An army officer who was also an eye witness narrated the story to TheCable, disclosing that troops were presently locked in a gun battle with terrorists. The military personnel further stated that while trying to engage the insurgents, they discovered they were heavily armed with sophisticated weapons and are currently attacking Mainok, a community in Borno state, as at the time of this report.
Recall that geographically, Mainok is a few kilometers apart from Maiduguri, the Borno capital. Currently, the military is reported to have shut down the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, as a village in the neighborhood is currently under severe assault and attack.
Meanwhile, sources disclosed that the newly orchestrated assault is coming few days after some villages around Damasak, Mobbar LGA in Borno state, were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents. These attacks were also said to have left many of the inhabitants of these communities in shambles and homeless, as a majority of them ran away into nearby bushes for safety, and others sought refuge and solace in Niger Republic which is closer to that vicinity.
Interestingly, during February, it was reported that quite a large number of people were murdered as a result of gruesome attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.
According to Intel provided by the military to media sources The Cable, they revealed that the insurgents had earlier attempted to break into Maiduguri but did not succeed as they were restricted around the Kaleri area. Although the military has continually affirmed to the general public of their constant and intensified efforts in fighting Boko Haram, the terrorist group seems to be unstoppable as they have been witnessed to carry out numerous attacks with so much impunity, on Nigerian citizens.
This wide range of attacks on the northern communities and helpless citizens of the northern region has systematically begun to spread to other parts of the country and this has called for growing concerns especially as the crisis of banditry, kidnapping, and assault on Nigerians are becoming too many to ignore. Many concerned citizens within and outside the country are already seeking international aid and interventions to help rescue the nation from these constant pains and agonies inflicted on residents who have no idea why they are being made the subjects of political jingoism, rivalries, and infighting as it’s obvious that the present administration seems to be overwhelmed by the current situation.