Boko Haram attacks Adamawa community as state expects polls on Saturday
Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled Saturday 23rd March for supplementary election in some Northern States, including Adamawa.
Governorship election of March 9th in the state was declared inconclusive, prompting a re-run. The presidential candidate of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is from Adamawa State which is currently controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress.
Few days to the polls, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Michika town of Adamawa State on Monday night, claiming many lives and left many more injured.
The military high command in Abuja had confirmed the attack in a statement by the director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa.
According to Mr Musa, an army Colonel, the attack on Michika by Boko Haram was effectively repelled to by government troops whom he said inflicted heavy casualties on the attackers.
But residents of the town said the attackers did not only force them to flee their homes but also killed many.
According to witnesses who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on phone, many displaced residents of Michika fled to Mubi, Uba and some to Yola, the state capital, as the attackers shot sporadically, loot houses and set buildings ablaze.
One witness, who identified himself as Bala, said he knew four people who were killed.
“I can confirm to you that many people were killed last night and many were injured as well,” said Bala, who did give a second name.
“I may not know all of those who lost their lives but I am sure of four persons whom I know personally, that were killed in the attack.
“My aunt’s husband and their daughter were killed. I also know of a retired soldier and local businessman that were killed in front of their houses.”
Another resident, who would not want to be named for fear of his safety said many people may have lost their lives or be injured and left stranded in the bush because their relatives had not been able to get in touch with them since.