Nigerian acting IGP home under Boko Haram attack
Charles Nwoke, Damaturu, Nigeria
April 24, 2021
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Friday raided Geidam, the headquarters of Geidam Local Government Area Council of Yobe State and hometown of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Baba Alkali.
Sources said they could hear sounds of heavy gunshots as he spoke on the phone in the town about the development.
A scared resident of the town said, “I cannot talk now, I am sure you are hearing the sound of gunshots. Let’s talk when the situation is calm.”
On February 9, extremists had attacked Geidam, barely 24 hours after the new Chief of Army Staff Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, visited military forces after his appointment.
According to reports, three customs officers were kidnapped by the terrorists during that attack.
A source disclosed that a Nigerian Air Force jet had been deployed to the town to ensure that they dislodge the insurgents.
Full details of the attack are still sketchy as people are indoors for their safety.
Dungus Abdulkarim, the Police Public Relations Officer Yobe State Command, said, “he needed to get across to his people on the ground in Geidam” before he will respond to press quizzes.
PRNigeria an online publication that circulates security information, however, reported that the attack has been foiled by army military forces assisted by fighter helicopters from the Nigerian Airforce.
It stated that Nigerian Air Force fighter jets were immediately scrambled to repel the insurgents.
According to a military intelligence officer who spoke with PRNigeria, more than a dozen terrorists were slain by the aggressive bombardments of the military aircraft.
The source added that though the ground troops pursued some terrorists who escaped after the attack was frustrated.
However, he could not give the exact figure of the casualty suffered by the Boko Haram terrorists in the operation.