By Iro Dan Fulani
Residents of Yola, the Adamawa State capital, are worried about the incessant robbery attacks on the city that has made night time dreadful over the last one month.
This is in spite of the state of emergency imposed on the state for nearly a year now.
Reports say that within the last three weeks, residents of Shagari, Lakare, Yolde Pate, Damare,Anguwar Magaji and Sangere, have been attacked consistently at various times, but mostly at night, and have been forced to part with properties and cash at gun point.
More worrisome is that the attackers besiege their victims in a style usual with the Boko Haram sect, inflict grave injuries on residents and even kill.
Some survivors of the attacks said the invaders who are both men and women are usually armed and “come in their numbers” in Hilux vans, demanding in most cases to see the head of the family before proceeding to steal from them.
“The gunmen who drove in a Hilux van attacked our neighbours and carted away money and other assorted provisions,’’ said a resident of Fattude Magaji, Hamman Adama.
Another survivor, Sani Bello, who resides in Sangere said “before the emergency rule we were living in relative peace but now we can’t sleep at night for fear of being attacked.”
Many residents of Yola are now fleeing to safer climes and those who cannot are resorting to prayers.
Meanwhile, the Police image maker in the state, Othman Abubakar, a deputy superintendent of police, assured that the state command has intensified patrol to safeguard lives and property of residents.