Boko Haram: Panicked residents flee Adamawa

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Fear has enveloped Jimeta and Yola, Adamawa state, with hundreds fleeing the towns, following Boko Haram’s attack on Mubi.

The residents, mostly those from the southern, western and eastern parts of Nigeria, filled motor parks in a panic, as they hastened to leave the state.

Nnamdi Azubike, a businessman in Yola, said, “I can no longer stay here. We heard they would visit Mubi and they did. The security personnel are not doing enough to arrest the problem. I’d rather go and die at home than allow (Boko Haram) kill me like a goat.”

Abby Olayemi, a motor mechanic, said “I am living Yola for good. I and my wife can no longer stay in Adamawa. I lost my father in 2011 when these gunmen attacked our church. I can’t be bitten twice. We are leaving Adamawa.”

At the Jambutu Park, travellers were stranded as all the buses and cars scheduled to leave on Monday were fully booked since Friday.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the park, hundreds of people were seen making frantic efforts to get tickets for Thursday and Friday; tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday were already booked.

At the Sunshine Park, the story was the same. Even vehicles going to other parts of the state were booked in advance.

At some private transport companies’ parks, the situation seemed rather pathetic as travellers were forced to sleep at the parks in order to get available tickets, purchased at exorbitant prices.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the fare to Onitsha as at Wednesday morning was N4,050 but on Monday, tickets were sold from N8,500 up to N10,000.


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  • joe

    Mr. President, what is the problem with you?. Can you do something please; even if it means shaking your security personnels by firing NSA or the defence minister or CDS. Fire someone and you will see some relieve.

  • Spoken word

    All PDP cares about is who will be the next governor of Adamawa state.they can care less if by election time there is no one left to rule.

    • GEJ the devisive and unfit

      PDP people are insensitive to the plight of people, because the believe by their rigging maching even if there is no single human life that is left in Adamawa.

      • Otile

        Is Adamawa not a sharia state?

  • Otile

    There is no need for those Southerners to flee, they should stay back to do battle with Boko Haram and defend the land. Nonsense. We have been pleading with these people to come back let us peacefully divide the country and they ignored us. Nobody should shade any teas for those Southerners who chose to stay back inside the Shara states. Whether they suffer amputation, rape or beatings they are on their own. Let no idi*t blame President Jonathan for their folly. Nonsense

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      At least you are now revealing the mind of your divisive President.

      He wants to be “the last President of Nigeria”.

      Just pray for him that he does not become “the late President of Nigeria”.

      • Otile

        Northern Muslims established their sharia to carve out their Islamic Caliphate long before President Jonathan arrived, and they have been fighting to separate since then. Let us separate peacefully, no need for people to perish in one unworkable Nigeria. We understand it is painful for some groups to let go, but painful or not the inevitable will happen one way or the other.

  • Dan Fulani

    Good riddance. One way or another one must die and it doesn’t matter where he is buried.
    One thing is certain, we will not trust or welcome back anybody even if it means the end of Nigeria.