Boko Haram cuts off network in Acting IGP’s hometown
Residents of Geidam town in Yobe State, which is the hometown of Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the immediate former governor of the state Ibrahim Geidam, no longer have network on their phones as Boko Haram fighters have razed down masts belonging to Airtel and MTN in the town.
Daily Trust reported that the attackers first struck on Friday evening but they took cover following airstrikes from the military.
Ali Maina, one of the residents told the publication that after the Air Force jet which hovered around the town left, the insurgents returned.
“They wreaked havoc on the town this morning. We can see buildings burning and they forced several shops opened carting away food items.
“We are more frightened this time around, because we don’t know their mission. We are cut off from both MTN and Airtel services obviously they have tampered with the system.
“We are currently at the mercy of God praying for protection, they have more than 15 Hilux vehicles. Security forces need to do more to tackle this attacks.”
The police spokesman in Yobe state, Dungus Abdulkarim confirmed the attack and also disclosed that letters with a mixture of both Arabic and Hausa inscriptions, advocating the establishment of Islamic State were dropped all over the town by the insurgents.