Source: The Sun News online
Three suspected members of the Boko Haram group that raided a police station in Adamawa state killing seven policemen on duty last week have been killed by soldiers from the 23 Brigade of the Nigerian army in Yola. The suspected Boko Haram members also raided some banks in the state and carted away an undisclosed amount of money running into millions of Naira killing a total of 8 civillians in the process..
Among those killed by the soldiers, is said to be a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who decided to abandon his one year primary assignment in the state to join the Boko Haram sect. Military authorities are said to be making contact with the NYSC headquarters to ascertain the identity of the corps member.
Daily Sun gathered that, other members of the escaped with various degree of injuries
Items recovered from the Boko haram members, include sub machine guns, AK47 rifles, belts of ammunitions, Motorola communication equipment, motorcycle batteries, praying beads, charms and other deadly weapons.
Confirming the incident to Daily Sun, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General R.I.D. Isah, in an interview, said, virtually all the AK47 rifles recovered from the Boko Haram members, had the mark and colours of some security agencies in the country, but refused to mention the specific agency.
He said, the soldiers were able to track down the sect members in their attempt to rob a bank in the state.
JTF immediately dispatched a team of soldiers to the scene. When Boko Haram members sighted the soldiers, they opened fire and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the Boko Haram members died on the spot, while another died while escaping. Several others, escaped with bullet wounds leaving their weapons behind. Soldiers were combing the bush in the area to arrest more members of the group.
The bodies of the three members killed in the process are now in custody of the army, where some people who came to see if they could identify any of the deceased, confirmed that one of them was an NYSC member.
Army spokesman said, the army was doing everything possible to arrest other members of the gang, lamented that there was a lot of immigration and customs challenges along the North east borders of the country, thereby making it easy for illegal aliens to have unhindered access into the country.
Men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, had last week, raided Gombi town in Adamawa state, killing 15 people, including seven police men, one soldiers and eight civillians. In another development, Nigerian government has been called upon to immediately take a critical look at the menace of Boko Haram with a view to curbing it and bringing the perpetrators to book.
Fellowship of West Africa Evangelical Church ECWA pastors in Gwari, Plateau and Zaria areas (GWAPLAZA) in a communique issued at the weekend after its conference held in Gboko, Benue State enjoined the federal government to work hard to maintain peace in the country.
The communique which was jointly signed by the Fellowship Chairman, Rev. Charles Bala and Secretary, Rev. Likita Musa noted that, Boko Haram has caused a lot of problems to the government and people of Nigeria as well as the church which has lost a lot of lives and assets to the madness of the sect.