Residents of Geidam in Yobe State have been cut off from telephone network, after Boko Haram insurgents razed masts belonging to Airtel and MTN in the town.
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Geidam is the hometown of the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, and the immediate past governor of the state, Ibrahim Geidam.
According to Daily Trust, the terrorists first attacked the community on Friday evening, but took cover following air strikes from the military.
The newspaper said Ali Maina, one of the residents, said the insurgents returned after the Air Force jet which hovered around the town left.
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“They wreaked havoc on the town this morning. We can see buildings burning and they forced several shops opened carting away food items.
“We are more frightened this time around, because we don’t know their mission. We are cut off from both MTN and Airtel services obviously they have tampered with the system.
“We are currently at the mercy of God praying for protection, they have more than 15 Hilux vehicles. Security forces need to do more to tackle this attacks,” he said.
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Dungus Abdulkarim, Yobe State police command spokesman, confirmed the attack.
He said letters with mixture of both Arabic and Hausa inscriptions, advocating the establishment of Islamic State, were dropped all over the town by the insurgents.