5,000 persons displaced, as Boko Haram attacks Adamawa
Charles Nwoke, Yola, Nigeria
April 12, 2021
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No fewer than 5,000 persons, mainly women, and children have been displaced following an attack during the weekend by Boko Haram in the Hong Local Government Area Council of Adamawa.
The Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman, announced this in Yola on Sunday.
Sulaiman revealed that many other communities from neighboring local governments were equally displaced.
He recalled that the hoodlums came in nine vehicles on Friday to raid Kwapre village in Dugwaba District of Hong Local Government Area Council.
The Executive Secretary disclosed that the terrorists surrounded the village and killed seven persons, including three little children.
“During the attack, 50 houses, worship centers, markets, and schools were burnt.”
“Many people, including women, girls, and men, were kidnapped by the attackers.
“However, we received a report that eight persons among the kidnapped victims escaped.
“The displaced persons during the attack are taking refuge in nearby villages,” he said.
Mr. Simon Yakubu, the District Head of Dugwaba, stated in Yola that the attackers stormed the village at about 1:00 pm and started shooting.
“During the attack that lasted for more than two hours, more than 20 persons were injured and no fewer than 20 persons are unaccounted for as at this report.
“Places of worship, schools, shops food stores and village head house was destroyed,” Yakubu said.
According to him, the wounded persons had been receiving treatment at Hong General Hospital, while two individuals who were critically injured by gunshot had been taken to Federal Medical Centre, Yola.
Many villages in the Dugwaba district, including Kwapre, are few kilometers away from the Sambisa forest where insurgents use as their hermitage.
He also recalled that in 2014, the Kwapre community was attacked and destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists.
Mr. James Pukuma, Chairman, Hong Local Government Area Council, when contacted, said that normalcy has returned to the place as security and local security networks had been deployed to protect lives and properties.
He beckoned on the people of the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the nearest security agency for quick response.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in Adamawa State, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the attack.