Boko Haram sacks residents of Bama, Gwoza in Borno

Al Shabab used to illustrate the story.

The terrorists also gave 7 days ultimatum to civil servants to resign.

The outlawed Boko Haram sect has literarily sent residents of Bama and Gwoza communities running after issuing threat letters of an impending bloodbath in the next seven days.

The sect has, in several threat letters said to be written in Kanuri and Hausa languages, also warned resident of the towns, who are civil servants, to resign their jobs and burn their employment documents or risk being consumed by the impending war.

The two border towns of Bama and Gwoza have been cut off since the declaration of a state of emergency with soldiers blocking the roads linking the town to the state capital, Maiduguri.

Escapees from Bama were forced to take bush routes through Dikwa, a town 60km away from Bama and 150km from Maiduguri to get to the state capital. The escapees said they paid at least N7000, as against the normal N300, as transport fare before taxi drivers accepted to risk the dangerous escape journey to the state capital.

A Bama resident, Abba Fannami, told reporters at Muna Park along Maiduguri – Dikwa Road, where most of the escapees arrived to in Maiduguri, that “it cost me about N50, 000 to transport my six family members to Maiduguri. It was a bad experience for many people in the bush, especially women and children.”

“They had warned government officials and civil servants in Bama to resign or else face death in the next seven days; we are all scared, this could be more deadly, so we have to run for our dear lives,”
Mr. Fannami said.

Bama has witnessed several attacks by Boko Haram members including the attack on May 7 that led to the death of over 55 people including 22 police officers. Some of the attacks, which occurred prior to the emergency rule declaration, were preceded by warnings from the sect.

In Gwoza, insurgents, who were forced by soldiers to flee their camps in Sambisa Game Reserve to the rocky hills of Gwoza, have been terrorizing their new host communities. The insurgents were said to have taken over most outskirts of Gwoza including Pulka and Kirawa Towns, forcing residents to flee into neighboring Cameroon villages of Mura and Marwa, some 75km away from Nigeria borders.

A police constable serving in Gwoza, who didn’t want to be named as he is not authorised to speak to journalists, told PREMIUM TIMES that some residents of Gwoza suburbs were forced to hide inside rock caves as Boko Haram insurgents sacked them from their homes.

The JTF, the police, and Borno State officials could not be reached for comments on the recent happenings as GSM services in Borno remain shut. The Defence Headquarters spokesperson, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, who speaks on the role of the military in the troubled states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, could also not be reached as his Airtel telephone number was switched off.


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  • Lanre

    This is sad. Is this intelligence failure or what. How did Boko Haram escape and occupy other surrounding villages? What is the radius of JTF’s operations? Poor Borno people.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Would president Jonathan answer a citizenry query about the positive impact and benefit of his declaration of state of emergency because, despite the declaration of state of emergency there is no positive changes in the attempt to use state of emergency declaration to put permanent stop to the Boko Haram killings of innocent people till present time.
    It is still the same stale mate state it was before declaration of state of emergency and that anti-democracy option has failed to serve the main purpose of its declaration.The only way out of the dungeon is negotiation to arrive at peace settlement to stop the Boko Haram killings..

    • Afam

      Your a coward,tell your pay masters their plans have failed because state of emergency is working,the smoking headline by premium times does not show in the body of the story…If boko haram want they can write as many letters as they want but the question is why are they hiding? they should come out and face the reality…

    • deri

      Pat Kolawole-the Oba of mumus in 9ja-and abroad–Just keep quiet there the ode one of ondo! Your Yoruba brother Aremu Obasanjo was in power when Boko haram reared its ugly head in the Fulni North. What did he do in 2003 when the sect came out of yobe state to torment 9jas in the North?
      As a retired army General, what was his contribution concerning the the Sharia rubbish that Yerima introduced in Zamfara state? Obj called it political sharia then abi? Is Yerima not a leading figure today in APC? All these killings by boko haram are geared towards making the country ungovernable for Jonathan-according to Buhari and tinubu-name one government since 1960, which had to grapple with these types of unwarranted killing-apart from the civil war –even that took us 3 yrs to quell-let buhari and bakare ati tinubu come up with a clear blueprint on the boko haram issue–after all, atiku alleged he was instrumental to the peace in the niger delta-that he initiated the plan for the amnesty project in the SS-these ppl do not wnat a state of their own-they yearn for the sack of the government of jonathan period-

  • junta

    BH are faceless cowards who do not even remember why they are fighting.
    I cannot fight for God and be unseen.
    They are not even proud of what they are fighting for.
    Blood lust.
    They will remain so because their cause is evil and dark
    for nothing comes to light except that which is of the light.
    Faceless cowards picking on women and children with guns and heavy metal weapons how else can you define a sadistic coward?
    How does the civil service affect almighty allah (God)? How?
    How does the hand work of a teacher affect you who is so engrossed in ilitracy?
    If your forebears were not schooled u think say all the leaders u had that ruled this country would have emerged.
    Think am nau brother Boko
    Think am
    Think am

  • K.A

    Boko Haram members are clearly the textbooks’ definition of hypocrisy. They claimed that to be against Western education, yet use Western man weapons, rides motorcycles, drives cars, uses phone to communicate, post propaganda messages via youtube. To think that these set of rogues thinks that they are fighting God is not only absurd but laughable. God bless Nigeria.

  • emmanuel

    It is becoming vefy clear that PT has a paymaster that is interested in the sustainanace of Boko Haram.

    News headline of May 7, 2013 is replayed to discredit the efforts of the federal government in a place where unknown flag had been hoisted.

    Do they deserve better deal than the Ibos in 1966? Who own Nigeria?