Several people were killed as Boko Haram insurgents continued their attacks on communities in Adamawa State, particularly those in Michika Local Government Area, survivors have told PREMIUM TIMES.
A resident of Garta, one of the villages raided by the sect members, who identified himself as Vandu Kainu, said the insurgents arrived his village around 6 p.m. on Saturday.
“They burnt most of the houses after looting them, as most people had to climb the nearby mountains to save their lives,” Mr. Kainu said on phone. “For now I can’t say the number of casualty as we are still in the bush, but they slaughtered many people like rams.”
He added that the insurgents also abducted many trapped residents, mostly youth and women.
Speaking on the attacks, the member representing Michika in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Adamu Kamale, said, “the militant Boko Haram are still there killing people, they slaughtered many like rams and burning houses.”
Mr. Kamale said the insurgents kidnapped many youth and women.
Speaking on the other communities attacked, the lawmaker said the insurgents “attacked Mbororo, Shahu, Liddle, Garta, Kamale and Ghumci.”
“The attack continued since last Friday and no presence of security operatives in the affected areas.
“We are calling on the government to come to our rescue, some of the fleeing residents are now trapped on mountains,” he said.
Already, about 10,000 Michika residents, of the Higgi ethnic group, live as refugees in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, and its environs.
Michika is currently under Boko Haram control, while other communities in the neighbouring Madagali – home town of the state governor, Bala Ngillari; the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri; and the former political adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmad Gulak – are also controlled by the insurgents.
However, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Nigerian troops have recaptured Vintim, the hometown of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Alex Badeh, which was earlier captured by the insurgents.
Governor Ngillari had last week called for postponement of the February elections in Adamawa, saying a large part of the state was being controlled by the insurgents and would thus affect voter turnout.