The suspected Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Gubio, a town in Borno state, burn down INEC office and displaced thousands of people in the process of their attacks.
A report monitored on TheCable by Daily Tells, quoted sources to have said that the Boko Haram insurgents invaded the town at about 5 pm on Wednesday, August 21, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.
This online media learnt that the Boko Haram insurgents have been around in Gubio communities for almost three months as a result of the relocation of the brigade headquarters from the town.
One of the soldiers from the army’s 5 brigades stationed in Damasak told TheCable that: “There is no soldier in Gubio, and that is why the Boko Haram guys moved in. They burnt the INEC office and some other houses,” he claimed.
In a statement made by the military officer, he was quoted as saying: “As I am speaking, troops have been reinforced from the brigade and now in face-off with the Boko Haram insurgents.”
Also noted was a statement attributed to a journalist resident in Maiduguri, Jack Vince, supporting the earlier statement made by the soldier.
Vince affirmed that the area was without the military presence and that was why it was very easy for the insurgents to storm without any resistance.
“For about two weeks now no military post from Damasak on the border with Niger Republic to my community in Maiduguri, Magumeri, Kareto, Gubio and so on,” he said.
“Gubio was dislodged, soldiers ran to Damasak and Maiduguri leaving that wide expanse of land unguarded
One of the sources said the soldiers pulled out because the locals were not cooperating with them in fighting the insurgents, seems as if they are having support for them.
The source also added that Thousands of people were dislodged from Gubio, town in Borno and have ran to the bush, trying to find their way back to Maiduguri, the capital city.
The military through its leadership has not responded yet to this claim.