07 December, 2014
Boko Haram militant Dislodged From Mubi
The military recovered the town from the terrorists about two weeks ago but the sect still operated in the environment, forcing the soldiers to expand its operation.
“Members of the terrorists group were dislodged after coordinated air and land operations in the area. A mop up operation is nevertheless ongoing to apprehend and deal with those who might be lurking around neighbouring communities.
“More special troops are being deployed to other areas in the North-East axis in similar coordinated air and land operations to rid the communities of terrorists’ activities,” said a statement from PRNigeria, the consultants to the military.
A top military officer who pleaded for anonymity stated further that desperate terrorists looking for escape routes may wreak havoc on soft-targets in neighbouring communities that are not affected in the military operation.
He said: “In their attempts to escape the intensity of military offensives, desperate terrorists have resorted to attacking soft-target in neighbouring communities.”
The officer acknowledged improved understanding of the communities on the military operation but seek for more supports from the civilian population in identifying and exposing members of terrorists group.
"The people must be courageous and brave enough in identifying the terrorists that are mostly known to the locals to enable the military curtail the excesses of the insurgents.
"We are working assiduously to also tackle activities of moles, some very young who spy for terrorists and invite them for invasion of communities. We need the cooperation of the residents,” he said.
Some residents of the six Local government areas of Adamawa State hitherto under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents equally confirmed are now under the firm control of the military and that residents taking refuge on the mountains tops are beginning to return to the towns.
The local government areas - Mahia, Gombi, Madagali, Michika, Mubi and Hong - have been completely liberated from the insurgents who are now on the run.
A resident of Mubi who simply identified himself as Anthony, who was living on top of a mountain while the crisis lasted said he had returned with his family following the news that normalcy had returned to the area.
He said that many residents living on mountains have also returned adding that they were happy with the state of things in town and that business activities had resumed.
Many residents of Michika confirmed that the town had been liberated but that majority of the people had not returned because of the level of destruction.
They said many people lost their houses and business worth billions of naira to the attacks and were finding it very difficult returning home.
Mubi, which is the second largest town and one of the commercial hubs of Adamawa State, came under the control of insurgents in late October.