20 March 2019

Nigeria: Normalcy Returns to Michika After Boko Haram Attack

Yola — Normalcy has returned to Michika town following Boko Haram attack on the town yesterday in which a cleric was killed.

A resident John Kalaimu said shops were opened for business, while commuters were seen on major roads linking Michika the headquarters of the LGA.

Kalaimu told our correspondent that the insurgents who attacked a bank was said to be after a bullion van from Mubi heading to deposit cash at Michika branch of the bank. It was alleged that, the driver of the bullion van got wind off the attack and returned to Mubi with the cash intact before the attack.

At Bazza village, people were seen selling their wares as early as 9:00 am yesterday being the market day in the area. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, said government is assessing the situation with a view to supporting the victims.

Sajoh, said those injured from the attack are currently receiving treatment at the Mubi General Hospital.

Police Public Relations Officers in the state, SP Othman Abubakar, confirmed the attack in Yola during an interview with newsmen.

Abubakar said, security operative have repelled the attack, which he said took place Monday's evening.

Meanwhile, the police in the state has urged the general public to seek for security coverage at wedding, political and any other social gathering for hitch free occasion.

The state was sequel to heinous activities of 'shila' boys in the state.

Meanwhile the Ag Director Public Relations, Nigerian Army Col Sagir Musa in a statement said troops repelled Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) attack on Michika in Adamawa State.

According to the statement, "BHTs met their Waterloo and suffered heavy casualties yesterday evening 18 March 2019 when they attempted to infiltrate Michika in Adamawa State.

At about 7.20 pm, gallant troops of 115 Task Force Battalion deployed at Lassa in Borno State received a distress call from vigilantes at Maikadiri village on movement of suspected BHTs along Road Maikadiri - Shuwari enroute Michika.

"The troops immediately organised blocking positions and swooped on the terrorists which led to exchange of fire. The terrorists attempted to escape but were intercepted and suppressed with heavy volume of fire.

"Consequently, the gallant troops with reinforcement from 143 Battalion Gulak engaged the terrorists on Two Front Coordinated Attacks.

The BHTs were completely routed by the troops, neutralizing many of them while others fled in disarray due to superior firepower.

"As a result, they hastily evacuated most of their corpses under the cover of darkness. The entire area has been dominated by own troops and the situation is completely under control.

"Items captured from the terrorists include One Ford vehicle, two Toyota Starlet vehicles loaded with foodstuffs, one motorcycle and one tyre inflating machine. Further exploitation is to be conducted this morning. Calm has since returned to the city and inhabitants of the town are hereby enjoined to report the presence of strange faces in their

localities and go about their normal businesses."

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