Militants of Boko Haram, have abducted 40 women following an attack on the Village of Wagga in Adamawa state, a move that has
the ceasefire deal said to have been struck with the Nigerian military.
The women were abducted in an attack on Saturday, according to people familiar with Wagga.
Enoch Mark, whose daughter and niece are among the 219 schoolgirls
who have been held by Boko Haram since mid-April, after they were
captured from Chibok Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state was
one of the people who spoke on the fresh abductions.
when Nigeria’s most senior military officer, Air Chief Marshal Alex
Badeh announced the ceasefire with the insurgents, Boko Haram has only
observed it in the breach, by stepping up attacks on Nigerian
To further make Nigerians gobsmacked, is the
revelation that Nigerian military officers on the frontline claimed that
they were yet to receive operational order that they cease hostilities.
we are yet to receive any operational order on the ceasefire.As such,
we are battle-ready and would confront the terrorists if we see them,” a
senior military officer told the AFP.
intelligence official in the region also indicated to AFP that he had
not received word about the purported ceasefire.
evening, troops from the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army fought dozens
of suspected members of Boko Haram in the town of Damboa in Borno
state, witnesses and security sources said.
Earlier, a group of
insurgents attacked the Borno town of Sabon Gida, said one military
officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not
authorised to speak to the media.
“The fight was tough and it
seems the insurgents wanted to destroy everything in Sabon Gida. They
came around 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) and by 6:00 pm, the fight was over,”
added local trader Bilyaminu Aliyu.
Boko Haram took over Damboa,
which is about 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of the Borno state
capital Maiduguri, in July, destroying much of the town and forcing
thousands to flee.
The group’s leader Abubakar Shekau claimed that
they left voluntarily but the military said they recaptured it in early
August. Residents have since begun returning.
said that dozens of suspected Boko Haram gunmen had stormed the town of
Abadam, north of Maiduguri near Lake Chad, on Thursday, before the
A number of residents said at least 30 people
were killed on Thursday and Friday — after the purported deal — while
hundreds of others were forced to flee across the border into
“We all heard of the ceasefire over the radio
but it seems the insurgents are not perturbed at all,” another resident,
Mallam Babagana, said on Sunday.
“To me, they (the militants)
don’t even care about it because they increased their attacks from
Friday, the very day the ceasefire was announced. By Saturday, they
hoisted their flags.”
On Friday, eight people were also killed on a
road in the Borno state village of Shaffa near where a prominent Muslim
leader, the Emir of Gwoza, was ambushed and killed by Boko Haram
fighters in May.
Babagana said local hunters on their way to
recover the bodies of the eight fought battles with militants on
Saturday in Azul, also in the Hawul local government area.
unrelenting terrorists waylaid our members at around 9:00 am and serious
fighting ensued,” said Babagana, who heads a local vigilante group.
“We lost four of our members and we killed three terrorists.”