Residents flee to save their lives when Boko Haram attacks Geidam
Boko Haram, a deadly terror sect, reportedly invaded Geidam, one of the largest cities in Yobe state.
The attack on Geidam left the inhabitants on the run.
The city of Heidam, about 180 km from Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, is the city where the headquarters of the Heydam Local Government District is located.
According to sources, the rebels, who allegedly took up positions around the city around 2:00 pm Wednesday, started shooting around 6:00 pm and forced residents to flee.
Sources, who were unable to provide a death toll, said many homes were set on fire as residents fled through the bushes.
They said ground soldiers and aerial bombardments later arrived to root out the insurgents.
The source said the city returned to normal around 8:00 pm when the rebels were driven out by the military.
Meanwhile, the Honorable Governor of Yobe State. Mai-Mala Buni ordered the state emergency agency to provide emergency support and take stock of the city’s destruction following the Boko Haram attack.
Booney, sympathizing with the people of Geidam, called the attack the most unsuccessful.
He said: “The attack came at a time when there is an overall improvement in peace and security in the state.
“The overall improvement in security and government support has given our people the opportunity to gradually relocate and rebuild their livelihoods.”
However, he said the attack would not stop the government in its efforts to rebuild, rebuild and rehabilitate communities originally destroyed by the rebels.
He praised the residents of the state for their resilience and determination to rebuild their lives and move on.
He pledged that “the government and residents of Yobe will continue to work with security agencies to fully restore peace and security throughout the state.”
Meanwhile, SEMA officials visited Geidam, where they assessed the destruction of public and private property.
SEMA Executive Secretary Dr. Mohammed Goje said the agency has begun assessing the damage caused by the attack.
He said: “In accordance with the directives of His Excellency the Honorable Executive Governor of Yobe State. May Mala Buni, I am leading a group to Heidam to assess the situation and see the areas that require immediate intervention to help people. “