By Iro Dan Fulani
Over 30 persons were feared killed in Adamawa State on Sunday when suspected members of the Boko Harm sect invaded some communities. Many others, including a village head, are said to be missing.
It was gathered from eyewitnesses that the gunmen attacked Hong, Mubeng, Garkida, Lube, Kuda-kaya and Kuduku villages, killing innocent citizens and carting away their livestock and foodstuff on a day when Muslims around the world were celebrating the Eid el-Fitri festival.
A fleeing villager who simple identified himself as Marcus Baba told newsmen that the whereabouts of the leader of Zar community, Dauda Daniel, a retired wing commander, is still unknown, raising concerns that he may have been abducted.
“They killed ten people in my village. So many had to flee and as I am talking to you know I am in Hong town, our village head is still missing,” said Baba.
Another village attacked is Mubeng where residents said as many as 20 persons, especially children, were killed and the community has now been deserted as many have fled.
Similarly, Kuda –kaya and Kuduku in Madagali local government area were equally attacked and at least six persons were killed by the gunmen.
The Adamawa state police command confirmed the attacks, but the police spokesman in the state, Haa Micheal, an assistant superintendent of Police, could not provide details on the attacks as he said the command had not been duly briefed.
By evening of the same day, suspected Boko Haram gunmen also attacked military bases at the border town of Garkida in Gombi local government area, in what eyewitnesses described as a fierce battle.
“They first struck at a military check point at our border with Borno. After a gun battle with soldiers for almost thirty minutes, the attackers then proceeded to a nearby village called crossing- junction during which they also stayed there for almost another half hour before pouncing on Garkida,” a resident said.
Garkida is a stone’s throw from a place called Agwan-Alade, where armed men suspected to be members of the sect few months ago waylaid the convoy of three first class emirs from Borno state and shot dead the emir of Gwoza.