Boko Haram Launches Fresh Attack On Geidam, Yobe Governor’s Home Town



Suspected members of Boko Haram militants are currently launching an
attack on Geidam, the home town of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe
state, locals say.
Terrified residents said that sporadic gunshots were being heard in the
town.
Geidam is about 180 kilometers from the state capital, Damaturu. It is
also a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.
A resident said he noticed the movement of seven pick up vans moving
through the town believed to be conveying members of the terrorist
group.
resident said: “There had been ceaseless shooting. Everyone is indoor
right now and no one can say exactly what is happening outside but I saw
seven pick-up vans coming into the town from the direction of Niger
Republic.”
Another resident said they learnt military re-enforcements were coming
from Gashua and Damaturu but that could not be confirmed.
The military spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Toyin
Gbadegesin, who confirmed the attack said “the militants are currently
making efforts to invade the town but security forces on ground are well
in control of the situation”
The PPRO said security forces are well aware of their responsibility of
protecting the lives and property of the people and urged them to remain
calm and go about their normal businesses.
He also called on the people “to continue to partner with security agents
towards the restoration of peace in the state and the country at large.
Earlier in the day, gunmen believed to be Boko Haram had launched
suicide attacks in three different locations in Damaturu, killing at least
17 and injuring 11.
Geidam town last came under attack in March this year with residents
fleeing into Meine-Soroa of Niger republic and other major towns in the
state before returning to their homes weeks after the restoration of peace
in the area.
Source: Vanguard

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