Army re­in­forces in Gei­dam af­ter Boko Haram loot­ing

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Mu­tum (Abuja) & Hamisu Kabir Matazu (Da­maturu)

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen­eral Tukur Bu­ratai yesterday vis­ited troops in Gei­dam, Yobe State, af­ter Wed­nes­day’s at­tack by Boko Haram mil­i­tants who looted mostly food and petroleum prod­ucts from the pop­u­lar Wed­nes­day mar­ket day.

Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Us­man, said the at­tack was suc­cess­fully re­pelled by troops and re­in­force­ment had been sent.

He said the army chief who was on an op­er­a­tional visit to the North­east, went to the troop’s lo­ca­tion and as­sessed the dam­age done to the town.

Ac­cord­ing to Us­man, Bu­ratai warned of­fi­cers in the unit that such ugly in­ci­dents should not be al­lowed to hap­pen again.

He fur­ther said: “The COAS drove into the town and fur­ther as­sessed the dam­age by the ter­ror­ists and gave fur­ther di­rec­tive to the troops for the de­fence and im­proved se­cu­rity of the area.

“He also met with some com­mu­nity lead­ers and Idris Aloma Poly­tech­nic staff where he as­sured them of their safety and im­proved se­cu­rity,” the state­ment added.

Bu­ratai was re­ceived in Gei­dam by the GOC, 3 Di­vi­sion, Ma­jor Gen­eral Has­san Umaru and the Act­ing Com­man­der, 27 Task Force Brigade, who led the re­in­force­ment team.

He as­sured the public that the iso­lated in­ci­dent would not be al­lowed again.

“We reaf­firm our de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment to rout out the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists from all their en­claves be­fore the end of this year”, he said.

The Chief of Army Staff con­tin­ued his visit to other for­ma­tions and units within the theatre of war against the Boko Haram.

Us­man said Sec­tion 1 of the 27 Task Force Brigade was at­tacked but they were promptly re­pelled by troops. The mil­i­tants looted food stuff and diesel from ma­jor stores and Petroleum sta­tions in the town.

There were ex­plo­sions and gun­shots un­til mid night when the mil­i­tants es­caped with their loot. Res­i­dents of the town said a few civil­ians were killed dur­ing the at­tack.

A wit­ness said he saw four dead bod­ies close to the mar­ket which the mil­i­tants looted.

Mean­while, Air Force jets and a mil­i­tary con­voy in­ter­cepted flee­ing mil­i­tants who at­tacked the town. Troop re­in­force­ment started ar­riv­ing the town around 5:00am Thurs­day.

Res­i­dents said four Air Force jets ar­rived at 11:05am and hov­ered around the Kadar Lamba River where the in­sur­gents got stuck.

Kadar Lamba River is about 28 kilo­me­ters from Gei­dam. Res­i­dents of Gei­dam went about their nor­mal busi­nesses yesterday amid ju­bi­la­tion over the prompt mil­i­tary re­sponse.

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