Boko Haram launches attack on Mubi and Michika after takeover of Banki and Gulak in Adamawa State

Following the aerial onslaught by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on the strategic town of Bama at the weekend, leading to the forced retreat of Boko Haram terrorists from Borno’s second largest town, the sect last night launched a counter-offensive on Mubi and Michika, two important towns in Adamawa State with large Christian populations.

It was learnt from security sources that Michika had come under severe attack, forcing several of its residents to flee the town to neighbouring towns and villages.

However, the insurgents found it more difficult to make inroads into Mubi as they were repelled by the superior firepower of the Nigerian military.

Earlier yesterday, students of Adamawa State University, Mubi, on getting wind that the insurgents were advancing to the town and Michika, fled their campus.

The authorities of the university also announced its closure to forestall the destruction of lives and property in the school.

They were seen at bus stations in the town trying to depart Mubi.

The insurgents had on Friday launched an attack on Gulak, headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area in Adamawa State.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Liman Tukur, who confirmed the attack in a statement Saturday, said the insurgents had taken over Gulak.

Boko Haram has been laying siege to several major towns and villages in Borno and Adamawa States in recent weeks in its bid to carve out an Islamic enclave.

Though it still has Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala, both in Borno State, as well as Banki in Adamawa State, under its control, the Nigerian military has sworn to leave no stone unturned until it recaptures every territory from the sect.