Three Generals escape death as Boko Haram intensifies attacks on Adamawa villages

Adamawa people fleeing from Boko Haram. (Mubi)

Even as the Nigerian military stepped up efforts at beating back the extremist Boko Haram sect from the areas it currently occupies, including the commercial border town of Mubi in Adamawa state, the militants are intensifying attacks on remote communities and villages, residents have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Also, there are reports that three retired Generals of the Nigerian Army narrowly escaped death when Boko Haram insurgents stormed their village asking for their whereabouts.

The insurgents did not succeed in their mission as they (the army Generals) were reportedly not around when the Boko Haram terrorists struck their village of Gashala in Hong Local Government, few kilometers away from Mubi town.

Gashala village is the home town of Air vice Marshal Steven Yaduma (Rtd), Major General Zakariya Yaduma and General Samuel Dzarma.

A resident of the village, Na’omi Bitrus, said when the gunmen arrived, they demanded to know the houses of the three Generals in the village.

But the villagers, sensing danger, decline to give the insurgents the information on the pretext that they too were strangers in the town.

“Four gunmen struck the village on two motor cycles on Thursday and immediately demanded to know the residents of the three Generals in the town but sensing danger the residents declined saying they are strangers,” she said.

“Having failed in their mission, the gunmen went on rampage and set the residence of EYN Church pastor of the village ablaze. They shot dead a retired engineer forcing residents to flee to nearby bushes.

“Out of fear for our dear lives, we slept in the bush and are constantly in trepidation as we fear that the insurgents may yet launch another attack on us. They said they will stage a comeback,” another resident disclosed.

The residents said the Boko Haram insurgents warned that anyone who would not accept Islam should leave the village.


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  • Smith Scott

    Another christian village under attack of APC islamist fighter. Among the three general listed above, two are christian. EYN pastor’s house burnt. APC never condemn this. Never rain abuse of Boko Haram but would ask a Christian president to resign. Meaning those Boko Haram cannot reach for now we will ask them to resign.

    • Guest_2

      The Presidency is to be blame not APC or XYZ, because he is responsible for the security and protection of his people.

    • checkmate

      The christian crusaders party (Pdp) has failed to protect the lives of both christians and muslims. It should therefore take the blame of the blood letting that has been going on. Labelling the opposition as a religious party will not solve the problem, rather it will aggravate it. The Mumu president should therefore do the needful and provide security to all citizens since he has taken oath to do so.

    • imam Imam

      Fish brain on you

    • adnoy

      And the Christian party PDP whose national chairman is a muslim, is watching helplessly

      • yonda

        while the Boko Haram Muslim contact (Asari Dokubo) of the Christian president-Jonathan continues to pass necessary resources to Boko Haram-see?

    • yonda

      And the “Christian” President-Jonathan passes money to same Boko Haram thru his friend and adviser-Muslim Asari Dokubo from Niger Delta-right?

    • bikky

      Please,stop seeing this issue from Christians or musleums thing,please let all and sundry rise against insensitivity of our leaders,don’t be surprised if something happens either at southwest or southsouth they will not be there for you so far it will not benefit them. What is happening here is highly barbaric and no one cares. The whole issue is now politics, Wickedness and cheating become order or the day and we are talking about religion.
      I think our President and senate president that are christians suppose to fight for those that are Christians(their brothers if they are truly care) if there is no undertone,they should come out and tell us their concern toward this absurdity in the system,Minimah,Bade are christian why are they not fighting.Please forget these people,they are the source of the troubles we are facing. We need to act ones,forget about party or religion now,this is selfishness and it needs to stop.

      • growthengine

        Its like taunting Christian who control the army to destroy BH who are fighting a holy war, and along the way more muslims are dying, already they have tagged the FG with Genocide against muslims, BH needs no tagging. The nation will go up in flames if it was the other way around. I don’t know how much more Nigerian Christians can take really.

      • Ade

        Boko Haram are not demons or spirits. They didn’t drop from the sky or come from hell. What effort has the Muslims community do to stop them since they always say the are fight a lot jihad to Islamise Nigeria.

      • The attacks that took place on 11-Sept-2001 in the U.S. were perpetrated by EDUCATED Muslims
        (e.g., Pilots). About 3000 people were killed on that one day (within 3 hours),
        more than 6000 people injured and at-least $10 Billion loss in property and infrastructure.
        Fifteen of the nineteen perpetrators were SAUDIS, 1 Egyptian, 1 Lebanese, 2 from Arab Emirates.

        The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

        In Islam, hiding the intention to expand Islamic territory is a virtue. When Muhammad didn’t have enough soldiers,
        he agreed to be peaceful with Mecca (Peace Treaty of Hudaibiya), but after he gained more followers,
        he went from Medina to Mecca and conquered Mecca during Ramadan
        (a pre-Islamic pagan fasting month in which Meccans won’t usually fight). Following the example of Muhammad,
        Muslims (even today) advocate and follow Quranic and Hadithic verses that speaks of making peace with infidels
        when Muslims are the minority in a society. Examples of such verses are:
        Q2.256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”

        The Qur’an and Hadith doesn’t limit the expansion of Ummah al-Islamiyah,
        the lands over which Sharia’s Theocracy must be administered;
        in comparison to the Torah’s Theocracy over a specified land: Eretz YisraEl.

        Please read the whole article at my website, which is the name i’m using here

    • growthengine

      All the Generals are Christian., And how did they know three Generals stay there if not information from their comrades in the army.

      • True son of the soil

        Block head Boko haram don’t discriminate between

        • growthengine

          You are not in Adamawa, or Gwoza, if you were there you wouldn’t say this. I quote one Dan Fulani on this forum who admitted ‘He is not worried about BH, they are not coming after him, it is his Christian friends he is worried about’. At least he said the truth, keep denying, it will prolong the suffering and killings.

          • True son of the soil

            That’s why I call you blocked head, look at the above picture of people running away from BoKo haram very well, you can see both christian and Muslim running for their dear life, taking a deserve rest after a lucky escape.

          • growthengine

            Are you denying the fact that if and when all of them face Boko Haram, the Christians will be separated and slaughtered? Why live in denial. First of all appreciate the real problem to be able to solve it, or else you will be administering the wrong medicine.

          • Bala

            God bless you. I noted the comment of the ‘Dan fulani’ also.
            Allow the bigot ‘true son of the soil’.
            By their fruit you shall know them.

  • adegbola

    What some people did not know is more than what they know and that is why they’ll come on this platform to forment rubbish, it is ignorance of the highest Oder that will make someone associate boko haram with APC when everyone now know that the sponsors are within the pdp winning and dinning wth mr president,

    • Pet

      What´s the difrence between boko haram,sharia law advocate APC,islam and the devil,when they all complement each other,with the same agenda,to destroy mankind?

      • Guest_2

        You forgot to mention CAN Sir.

        • Ade

          Yes Boko HARAM are sponsor by CAN. It was CAN that sponsored prophet muhammad to fight multiples war, abuse a child, raid caravan etc.

      • yonda

        Do you remember the most violent supporter of the “Christian” President Jonathan? That is the Muslim Asari Dokubo from South South. So my question is: are asking what the difference is between Asari Dokubo -the muslim =adviser to President Jonathan and boko haram and Sharia and Islam and evil? Just using your words please. Areyou asking what are the differences among all these especially because “Christian” president Jonathan gives money to Asari Dokubo who is muslim to go to Bo k Haram. See what I am saying pet?

    • onyi

      Can we stop siding political parties n face the fact, y R we been fools

    • The attacks that took place on 11-Sept-2001 in the U.S. were perpetrated by EDUCATED Muslims
      (e.g., Pilots). About 3000 people were killed on that one day (within 3 hours),
      more than 6000 people injured and at-least $10 Billion loss in property and infrastructure.
      Fifteen of the nineteen perpetrators were SAUDIS, 1 Egyptian, 1 Lebanese, 2 from Arab Emirates.

      The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

      In Islam, hiding the intention to expand Islamic territory is a virtue. When Muhammad didn’t have enough soldiers,
      he agreed to be peaceful with Mecca (Peace Treaty of Hudaibiya), but after he gained more followers,
      he went from Medina to Mecca and conquered Mecca during Ramadan
      (a pre-Islamic pagan fasting month in which Meccans won’t usually fight). Following the example of Muhammad,
      Muslims (even today) advocate and follow Quranic and Hadithic verses that speaks of making peace with infidels
      when Muslims are the minority in a society. Examples of such verses are:
      Q2.256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”

      The Qur’an and Hadith doesn’t limit the expansion of Ummah al-Islamiyah,
      the lands over which Sharia’s Theocracy must be administered;
      in comparison to the Torah’s Theocracy over a specified land: Eretz YisraEl.

      Please read the whole article at my website, which is the name i’m using here.

  • Guguru

    They are now targeting individuals. This is a slight departure from typical terror tactics. This suggests to me that Boko Haram is somewhat of a political outfit. Terrorists do not ride into a town asking for the location of three specific men. Either the three men are significant sponsors of Boko Haram and probably failed to remit their monthly payments or Boko Haram is being used by political headhunters to go forth and eliminate known enemies. In either case, this is story is not typical of terrorists.

  • G4

    When your generals all have pot bellies and rotund faces, making gaffes left right and centre and loosing territory you have a serious problem.