Emir of Mubi returns to palace as soldiers restore order

The paramount ruler of Mubi, Adamawa state, Abubakar Ahmadu, on Friday returned to his domain amidst tight security.

The palace was captured by Boko Haram in October and the terrorists’ flag hoisted to show their control of the area.

However, Nigerian troops, assisted by local hunters, last week recaptured the commercial border town as well as Gombi, Hong and Maiha.

The monarch was received by palace officials and other subjects that were either trapped in the town or had earlier returned to it.

Mr. Ahmadu commended the Nigerian troops for liberating the towns and hoped that other towns under his domain, including Michika and Madagali local government areas, would soon be recaptured.

“We appreciate the gallant efforts of the Nigerian Military, the hunters and the vigilante that saw the liberation of our towns,” said the monarch while observing the Friday prayer with his subjects. “We are optimistic that the remaining towns will soon be liberated.”

The residents of the recaptured towns also expressed their gratitude and commended the soldiers for their brave efforts.

With normalcy restored some residents were seen going about their businesses.

A businessman based at the Mubi central market, Garba Musa, thanked the authorities for restoring order to the town.

“As you can see, we have started opening our shops in a peaceful atmosphere without the fear of being molested,” he said. “This is a welcome development because when the Boko Haram guys were having a field day, they could pounce on you callously but with the coming of the military, the situation has changed for good.”

Meanwhile, charred remains of bombed Armoured Personnel Carriers, Hilux vans lay scattered around the towns, especially around Mararrabar Mubi, where intense fighting took place leading to the destruction of many buildings.

However, all commercial banks in the town vandalized and looted by the insurgents are yet to resume operations.

The military have already continued with their mop-up operation, in preparation for the return of displaced residents, with every inch of the town combed by soldiers. The police and all paramilitary agencies have also returned to their bases. Stop and search operations are also being carried out fish out any lingering of the defeated insurgents.

The residents called on authorities to quickly remove the corpses littering the town as they constituted a health hazard. They appealed to the mobile network providers to restore their services to the towns, to facilitate communication.


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  • Olu Ade

    First of all, thanks to our gallant soldiers and brave hunters for liberating Mubi from the Claws of terrorists.

    A lesson learnt from this situation is that the Mugus who always misdirect their criticism to Northern elders and Emirs should now realize that these elders and Emirs are occupying ceremonial position, they have no security or army to defend themselves or protect their towns. When they speak up as Mugus have being accusing them of not doing, they are at great security threat at the hands of the terrorists.

    The only person who should be criticized on security is Jonathan, who is the commander in chief with executive powers , whose No. 1 job is security of life and properties of Nigerians, and on whose desk, the buck stops. He is the one failing Nigerians because of his ulterior motives, he continues to see the north east as his “enemies killing themselves.” Mr. Jonathan is not governing over the entire country that he was sworn to protect, he only sees one thing in front of him now and that’s 2015 election… I can wait for February to come either to end the drama.

    • Azeez boudebala

      …and it is under GEJ’s watch that your emir is able to return to his palace, enabled by gallant and uber-loyal Nigerian soldiers. Shame on you APC clown!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        So anyone who states any “unpalatable truth” from the President’s perception is “an APC clown”?

        Ok, we understand.

    • Otile

      You are right the only person who single-handedly brought in sharia that is ravaging the North is Jonathan. Is everybody happy now?

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Emir, I rejoice with you.

    But above all, I commend the gallant military, their commanders and the local hunters and citizens that helped in driving boko haram out of the town.

    Mr. President, I commend whatever effort or strategy that is being applied now and the successes recorded in the fight against boko haram.

    I sincerely hope these are the results of genuine efforts rather than suspicions that boko haram answers to the Presidency and have been given “instructions”.