RESIDENTS of Geidam in Yobe State, on Wednesday, fled their homes when Boko Haram insurgents invaded the one of the biggest towns in the state.
This is as Governor Mai-Mala Buni directed the State Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency support and take stock of destructions from the Boko Haram attack on the town.
Geidam, about 180 kilometres from Damaturu, the state capital, is the headquarters of the Geidam Local Government Area.
According to sources, the insurgents, who were believed to have taken position around the town at about 2pm on Wednesday, started shooting at about 6pm and got residents fleeing.
The sources, who could not give the number of casualties, said many houses were set ablaze as residents ran into the bush.
Some other of the sources said land soldiers and air bombardment later came to uproot them.
A source said the town became quiet around 8pm when the insurgents were chased away by the military.
Buni, while commiserating with the people of Geidam, described the attack as most unfortunate.
He said, “The attack came at a time when there is general improvement in peace and security across the state.
“The general improvement in security and support provided by government has given our people the opportunity to gradually resettle and reclaim their means of livelihood.”
The governor stated that the attack would not deter government in its efforts to rebuild, reconstruct and rehabilitate communities initially destroyed by insurgency.
He commended the people of the state for their resilience and determination to rebuild their lives and move forward.