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Nigerians Flee To Niger Republic To Escape Boko Haram Attacks
Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
Hundreds of Residents of Mobbar, Gashigar and Malumfatori communities in Borno State have fled to neighbouring Niger Republic to escape incessant attacks by the outlawed Boko Haram sect, leaving the communities deserted.
The residents of the affected areas have also appealed to the federal government for help in putting an end to the wanton killings by the Boko Haram sect.
So far, 15 lives have been lost following several attacks, the latest being the attack on Thursday on Gashigar, a fishing community which shares boundary with villages in Niger Republic, in which seven persons were killed and over 60 shops and eight vehicles razed.
The villagers allege that the situation is worsened by the absence of security operatives in the community, leaving their safety in the hands of the civilian JTF.
The immediate former vice chairman of Mobbar local government, Talba Gashigar, narrated the incident to journalists on Sunday.
The Borno State Police Command confirmed the incident to journalists, but debunked claims by the villagers that there was no police presence in their area.
The Police public relations officer, Gideon Jibrin, said there is always police presence Mobbar local government and surrounding villages.