Soldiers were shooting to scare off Boko Haram
Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako, and the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Umar Fintiri, on Friday narrowly escaped bullets fired by some soldiers stationed in Shuwa town, in Michika Local Government Area of the state, a witness has told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr. Nyako and his team were on a condolence visit to Michika and Madagali local government areas following attacks there on Wednesday by gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect .
A witness who was part of the governor’s delegation said the incident occurred in Shuwa Town.
“The governor had just finished his condolence remarks and prayers were being offered when suddenly sounds of gunshots rented the air and serious pandemonium followed,” he said.
He also said the gunshots came from some soldiers nearby who were shouting, “The boys are coming” and shooting indiscriminately into the air.
“The governor was very angry with the soldiers for creating unnecessary tension,” our source added.
Mr. Nyako had, on Thursday, addressed the media in his office in Yola, berating the Federal Government for its failure to check the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The governor was reacting to the latest attacks by the sect in Madagali and Michika. He said the state of emergency slammed on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States had been defeated.
Mr. Nyako criticised the federal government, which controls all Nigeria’s security agencies, for failing to foil Monday’s attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, where at least 29 students were killed.
He said the attack was predictable since school children had previously been murdered in the same way, in the same state.
Mr. Nyako said, “There is no excuse whatsoever. We want to know more from the authorities. By now, the authorities should be able to know what is happening. We should be able to know where these arms are manufactured and even the signatures of the weapons.
“We ought to know who ordered it, who paid for it, how did it come to the country, from where were they shipped, through which port in Nigeria they arrived and who cleared it.“President, Vice President, Governors and the military – they are the only groups that pass checkpoints without being searched and which of these groups are conveying these arms to the scene of the action. We want to know.”