Yola – No fewer than 20 persons were feared killed and inmates set free when unknown gunmen, Friday, struck in Maiha, Adamawa state.
Yet-to-be-identified gunmen in the early hours of today attacked the Adamawa State border town of Maiha, shooting at the police, and setting fire to police stations, courts, and the Government Lodge. The Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Ibrahim, confirmed the attack, but could not give details, saying the police have yet to obtain them. He was on his way to the area at the time of the phone interview.
Residents said that about 40 gunmen in cars and on foot carried out the attacks on the border posts with neighbouring Cameroon, opening fire on police and chanting Allahu Akbar, (God is Greatest) at about 3:00am with heavy artillery. The gunmen overran the police station, carted away arms and ammunition, then proceeded to the prisons where the inmates were reportedly set free. The extent of casualties is still unclear. Some people said they saw two dead bodies, but also that several others were injured.
"The gunmen believed to be Boko Haram were around 40 in number and came in Hilux cars and on motorcyles around 1:00 am and attacked the police station and other security offices, including Area court, burning them," - said Garbajo Abubakar, a resident of the area."They opened fire on the security personnel but it is hard to say how many people were hurt or killed," - Abubakar added.
The entire town, according to the eyewitnesses, was thrown into pandemonium as residents feared venturing out of their homes. Among the security posts burned were a satellite prison and a local education building.