Ali Kolo, Chairman of Geidam Local Government Area in Yobe State, has disclosed that some members of the Boko Haram insurgents were physically in Geidam during the weekend and they held evening payers in the town.
Kolo added that the insurgents preached to some people in the area to convert and to join the group, according to The Nation.
Contrary to claims that scores of the insurgents were killed and repelled from the town, which is home to Usman Baba, the acting Inspector-General of Police, by the Nigerian Army on Thursday and Friday, Kolo stated that neither the army nor the group are in control of the town.
He said, “I don’t know exactly who is in control of my town as we speak, but what I am sure is that some Boko Haram members are still inside Geidam as we speak. I am also sure that as of yesterday (Saturday), they had their evening prayers at the House of the District Head and even preached to the people to convert and follow them.”
Kolo said a teacher in Kawuri Primary School, who was his neighbour, was brutally murdered on Sunday morning by the insurgents.
“As we speak, two of my people, including a teacher at Kawuri Primary school, Mallam Baba Tazira, a Babur/Bura man, have been beheaded.
“The teacher was beheaded in his official staff quarters behind the school, and this is in addition to dozens of my people who were killed, injured, displaced and missing since the three days invasion,” Kolo said.
The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA) said over 2000 people were displaced during the weekend’s attack on Geidam.
Mai Mala Buni, Yobe State Governor, has directed YOSEMA to move to Geidam, take stock of the damage, and provide relief materials to victims.
Dr. Mohammed Goje, YOSEMA Executive Secretary, said those displaced moved to communities in Yunusari and Yusufari local government areas.
“YOSEMA, as of yesterday, evacuated the injured victims of gunshots and they are receiving treatment at the government health facility. Also, our team has identified three neighbouring communities where displaced persons from Geidam are currently hosted.
“The first batch of our team as directed by the governor has arrived in Yunusari to assess and are providing immediate emergency support to the displaced victims, especially during this holy month of Ramadan.
“While we continue to pray for our security agencies to succeed, we also want to reiterate the commitment of Yobe State Government and obligations of the agency towards all displaced persons and other victims of the attack, who need to be supported and attended to at this difficult moment,” YOSEMA boss said.