Geidam, the home of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Baba Alkali, has allegedly been razed by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
Geidam is located in Yobe State. It is also the hometown of the immediate past governor of the State, Senator Ibrahim Geidam.
According to PRNigeria, the terrorists finally succeeded in destroying the town on Friday night, after similar attempt was foiled by Nigerian troops, aided by fighter helicopters from the airforce.
The terrorists had attempted to invad Gaidam in ten gun trucks, to attack residents of the town, who predominantly Muslims, when they were about to break their Ramadan fast, on Friday evening.
But terrorists were attacked by troops aided by the airforce.
PRNigeria, however, reported that the terrorists, who were hiding within the community on Friday eventually launched an attack by midnight setting ablaze houses and destroyed public facilities and properties.
A source told PRNigeria: “Immediately after the airstrikes, the terrorists tactically withdrew, but sneaked into the community, after a while. They gathered the residents and began preaching to them. They later looted foodstuff in the town’s market, burnt down vehicles and telecommunications mast to avoid their phones being tracked by security agencies.
“Some of the terrorists hid in residents’ houses disguising themselves while others in gun trucks withdrew and joined other fighters at Tarmuwa and Bololo districts, few kilometres away from Gaidam town.”
It was also gathered that the terrorists had stormed the town through different routes they had infested including Layi – Kareto – Tamsu Kori – Talau Kawuwa – Futchimiram – Fukurti – Dajina – Subdu Degeltura – Danga Bari, Tumbalji – Daro, all from the Lake Chad region, before those already in Gaidam communities joined them to cause havoc in the town.
Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters, long before now, apart from having informants had rented many houses in Gaidam town, where they hide in ‘smaller’ communities to launch attacks on villagers and residents, once in a while.