Saturday, 1 March 2014

How Adamawa State Governors And Officials Fled When They Heard Boko Haram Members Approaching

According to a report by Punch...

Adamawa State Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), and state officials in his convoy on Friday fled Shuwa in Madagali Local Government Area of the state upon learning of the advancement of Boko Haram members in the area.Nyako, who was on condolence visits to victims of Boko Haram attacks in Shuwa, Gulak and Michika, was at his first town of call  when he was alerted to the advancement of  insurgents in the area again.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media said...

“The governor was addressing  the victims at Shuwa when a military truck appeared from the blues and the soldiers started shouting ‘they (insurgents) are coming.’”

He explained that  the soldiers had blocked  the road with a truck and were shooting sporadically into the air and instructed  the security details of the governor, who had approached them, to turn back  because of the advancement of the insurgents.

He said that following the sudden U-turn, some of the vehicles on the governor’s entourage ran into each other, denting some vehicles in the process

He, however, revealed that there was no casualty recorded as there were minor dents on the cars involved, which “were even driven back to Yola.”

Another eyewitness,  who was part of the convoy, narrated the governor’s  ordeal to Saturday PUNCH.

“We went to Shuwa with the governor to commiserate with the victims with the intention of going to Michika to do same.
“However, the situation took another turn when, just before we left the venue of the first attack in Shuwa, we heard a staccato of gunfire.
“We had to scamper into our cars and the brave security details took the governor to their car leaving the staff car empty.
“We left the place in confusion and proceeded to Yola without stopping at Michika.”

 Recounting his ordeal to journalists in Yola on Friday afternoon, the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Nyako to have said  that he was in the community to commiserate with the people over gunmen’s attack in the area on Wednesday.

He said,
“After addressing the villagers, some soldiers approached me as I was about to enter my car and said that Boko Haram members were coming.
“The soldiers were shouting: ‘they are here, they are here.’ So, I asked them: ‘who?’ They said Boko Haram members are around.
“After that, one of the soldiers started shooting. So, the first thing we need to do, naturally, is to get out of the scene.’’

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