Yesterday, residents of Benue State began to flee the vicinity invaded by security operatives who are searching for a suspected member of Boko Haram. His hideout was traced to Gboko-south at the weekend.
A fleeing resident, Uker Madugu, told journalists it was "better to make hay while the sun shines," adding further, "It is safer for us to leave this place now before it becomes too late. The manner the security operatives invaded the area is scary. We heard sporadic gunshots from all directions, and I can tell you that such situation is no longer safe."
Another resident, Kyado Bolus, feared that security men would return to the area, and as such he had to run for safety.
It has been gathered that most of the Agase residents behind the Islamic primary school, where the raid took place, are now living in fear of the unknown. Only a few weeks ago, Governor Gabriel Suswam raised an alarm over possible infiltration of Boko Haram at NKST, alleging also that his life was in danger and that he was being trailed by the group.
While the police in Benue State says adequate security measures have been beefed up across the state to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
Police Public Relations’ Officer of the command, Daniel Ezeala, said the measure was taken against the background of the hideout of suspected members of Boko Haram that was raided at the weekend in Gboko.
According to the police spokesman, the State Police Commissioner, Christopher Katso has also deployed his men to all nooks and crannies of the state to comb out criminals.
Ezeala, who confirmed the raid of a suspected Boko Haram leader called Jalingo, noted that the weekend operation was carried out by security operatives from Abuja. The suspect, however, was said to have escaped the prying eyes of the operatives during the gun battle which lasted for some hours in his rented apartment that was later demolished.
Meanwhile, the police said efforts are on to track down Jalingo from where he must have taken refuge just as it urged the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear or intimidation.