29 December 2012

Nigeria: Prison, Courts Torched in Adamawa Attack

Yola — Gunmen stormed Maiha Local Government Area in Adamawa State where they attacked a police station, prison, presidential lodge, area court, district head's office, Local Education Authority and the Nigeria Customs Service post.

Maiha LG chairman Malam Mohammed Jibrilla said the gunmen came on foot and motorcycles, divided themselves in groups before attacking their targets.

Jibrilla said the gunmen, who used explosives, engaged in gun battle with the policemen.

"At the prisons, all the 35 inmates were released, but 11 of them are so far back or re-arrested," he said. The Adamawa State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim, also confirmed the attack and the killing of one policeman and a civilian. "We lost one of our men and a civilian," Ibrahim said.

"The gunmen believed to be Boko Haram were about 40 in number and came in Hilux cars and on motorcycles around 1:00 am and attacked the police station and other security offices, including area court, burning them," a resident Garbajo Abubakar told Weekly Trust.

"They opened fire on the security personnel, but it is hard to say how many people were hurt or killed," Abubakar said.

Also corroborating, another resident, Mr. John Yohanna, said the gunmen went into town "chanting 'Allahu Akbar' and burnt down the divisional police station and other government establishments."

Copyright © 2012 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.