Boko Haram fighters are currently attacking residents of Dapchi, the Yobe town where more than 100 schoolgirls were abducted on February 19, 2018.
TheCable is reporting that the insurgents have burnt the houses of some residents who fled the town.
“They came in many vehicles and are patrolling the town as I speak to you,” the source said over the phone.
Anka Aliyu, a resident of Damaturu, the state capital, said mobile lines to Dapchi have been unreachable since reports of Boko Haram fighters storming the town this evening.
A soldier, who doesn’t want to be mentioned told TheCable that for some months now, villages around Dapchi have been alerting security agencies about the movement of Boko Haram fighters.
“They have been complaining about the movement of the terrorists who they said go about sometimes in the evening or early in the morning,” the soldier said.
Commuters from northern parts of Yobe to Damaturu have reportedly been forced to abandon the Dapchi-Damaturu road because of escalating attacks by Boko Haram.On February 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm, 110 schoolgirls aged 11–19 years old were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC).
Dapchi is located in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government area of Yobe State, in the northeast part of Nigeria.
The then governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, blamed Nigerian Army soldiers for having removed a military checkpoint from the town. Dapchi lies approximately 275 km (170 miles) northwest of Chibok, where over 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
Five schoolgirls died on the same day of their kidnapping, all others were released in Match 2018 except the lone Christian girl Leah Sharibu as she refused to abandon her faith and convert to Islam.