The Emir of Gwoza, Muhammed Timta, and a district head in the town, Hakimi Ibrahim and many others trapped on the mountains after a raid on their town by Boko Haram terrorists last Wednesday, have escaped.
The Emir along with the others, are now housed in a refugee camp in Uba, a border community between Adamawa and Borno states.
Timta had been declared missing after the raid with speculation that he might have been abducted by the terrorist gang.
However, a heavy downpour on Monday night provided the right moment for the Emir and his subjects to flee the mountains that had been surrounded by armed terrorists to prevent anyone from escaping.
Gwoza town remains firmly in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents since last Wednesday, after at least two unsuccessful attempts by the 213 Battalion’s Operation Task Force Mike and 234 Battalion to reclaim the area, left huge fatalities on both sides.
Over 10,000 Gwoza residents displaced by recent terrorist attacks have fled to Adamawa State and villages in neighbouring Cameroun.