Boko Haram Haunts Security Personnel and Civilians
Suspected Boko Haram terrorist have continued to hunt for military,
police and government personnel, as commuters were ambushed along
The Friday personnel hunt; was executed by mounting a road block at
Kaliyari village near Lantewa in Yobe state; with rickety Army patrol
vehicle, allegedly snatched in previous attacksLantewa is 75 kilometres east of Damaturu, the state capital.
While lamenting their ordeals on road, eyewitnesses who escaped the
Kaliyari road Friday said: “The insurgents mounted a checkpoint on the
highway and operated freely for more than two hours,” saying that the
terrorists blocked the road with a rickety military patrol vehicle.
Abdu Hassan, a commuter from Bayamari, said that the terrorists
operated within a range of about a kilometre of Damaturu-Gashua road.
On manhunt for personnel, he said: “After stopping motorists from both
ends of road, they demand for ID cards,” explaining that the
insurgents wanted to know whether commuters and drivers are security
agents, civil servants or Christians.
He said that the security personnel and civil servants hunt lasted for
over an hour, before was miraculously released, without being hurt as
none of the commuter had an ID card.
On how they ambushed, he said: “We ran into their checkpoint and they
asked everybody to come down.
“When we came down, they told us that they were looking for three sets
of people: security agents, civil servants and Christians.
“They searched our pockets but none of us had an ID card on them. We
sat on the ground with them for more than one hour.”
A Kaliyari source also said that he saw a vigilante Hilux van that ran
into the checkpoint, before the insurgents opened fire on motorists
and commuters and chased them into bush.
While lamenting on ambush, Borgu said: “We were coming from Dapchi and
I sighted a vehicle painted in military colour. After sighting them, I
thought that I had entered into the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.
“I was the one that sighted them first because I sat in the front seat
of the Sharon vehicle. Initially, I thought they were just coming to
the road, so we could escape, not knowing that there were others in
“We left Dapchi to Damaturu and got to that place around 10.30 am. If
you’re a following this road, if you pass Lantewa, you will get to a
new tarred road before Kaliyari. Between Lantewa and Kaliyari was
where the insurgents mounted the checkpoint.
“They were many and they covered a distance of almost one kilometre.
“There was a vigilante car that was coming from Damaturu. As they
arrived at the place, they opened fire on them, the vehicle went off
the road and they followed them into the bush, pursuing them until
they caught them.
“While those ones were operating, others held us from another end or
road. So, I think they were many.
“I had some documents on me but they were inside my bag in the car.
“They asked us to remove everything from our pockets. We removed
everything but no one was found with an ID card.
“I told them I am a businessman. They collected my ID card, looked at
it and gave it back to me. Our saving grace is that they did not
search our vehicle.
“They were doing the operation on our car when that vigilante Hilux
came. I think what save us is that their attention was on that
vigilante car that some of their members were pursuing.
“We were together with them for almost one hour, seated on the ground.
It was only God that saved us.
The Acting assistant Director Army Public Relation Sector 2, Operation
Lafiya Dole, Damaturu, Lt. Chinonso Oteh, urged the people to be
calm; as the army was in control of the situation.
According to him; “Headquarters Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE in its
continuous determination for the protection of lives and properties as
well as the safety of law abiding citizens.
“We reassure the good people of Yobe State and all other residents
within its Area of Responsibility, not to panic as there is no cause
“Members of the public are enjoined to always report any suspicious
movement of an individual or group to the nearest military formation,
call or send text message to: 08138890503, 09092779045, 09010163383
and 08155040499, for prompt response.”