– Boko Haram is still causing more havoc in Borno state and its environs
– The Nigeria Police Force has announced that due to sustained attacks, some residents of Borno are moving into Yobe state
– According to police authorities, those who have crossed over to Yobe so far have reached the 2,000 mark
A report by ThisDay indicates that residents of four local governments in Borno are fleeing into communities in neighbouring Yobe state.
According to the report, the residents are taking refuge in Yobe due to the incessant attacks on their domain by Boko Haram insurgents.
The report noted that the Yobe police command has taken note of the mass movement of people into the state.
According to the command, the local governments from which the Borno residents are migrating are Gubio, Magumeri, Kaga, and Konduga.
Parts of a statement by the command’s spokesman, Dungus Abdulkarim stated:
“They are believed to have relocated from their ancestral homes due to incessant attacks by unknown gunmen terrorizing their communities while in search of food items and other valuables.
“In a proactive move, over two thousand (2000) migrants so far have been profiled by the command for security reasons, while the influx of persons into the state is yet ongoing.
“The migrants have so far settled in areas which include Geidam, Tarmuwa, and Gujba local government areas of Yobe state as well as Isori, Kuka Reta, Kasesa and Kalallawa villages around the state capital, Damaturu.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has placed a firm order of 52 Ezugwu, a locally made Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to be delivered to the Nigerian Army and deployed to troops in the frontline fighting Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state.
The Nigerian-made MRAP is named after Major General Victor Ezugwu, who earned recognition for his efforts to combat Boko Haram extremists.
The new vehicle is manufactured in collaboration with the Nigerian Army Command Engineering Depot (CED) and it is fitted with two turrets that can traverse 360 degrees, and a telescopic long-range camera for improved situational awareness.
In a related development, some Nigerian Air Force pilots are currently in the United States of America to understudy their counterparts in the country on how to effectively fly the Tucano helicopters which will be arriving in Nigeria soon.
The super Tucano is famed for its precision-guided missiles/bombs, and machine guns which military experts say will be deadly for Boko Haram elements in Nigeria.
In preparation for its induction into its service, the Nigerian Air Force is already establishing more Forward Operating Bases in the country.