Abuja - Residents of Gwoza in Borno have commended the military and the Federal Government for retaking the town from the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Nigerian military on March 27 captured the town from Boko Haram insurgents, which the group had declared its caliphate.
Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the area, who returned home, said that the military should be commended for ousting the insurgents.
Hajia Fatima Gwonbo said she was driven away by the Boko Haram insurgents after they had packed their goats, money and killed her child.
Gwonbo said that since the Nigerian soldiers took control of the area, the residents were happy and safe.
"We are happy that soldiers have come; and we returned immediately we heard that they had taken over the place.
"Since the soldiers came here, there has not been any problem and we are moving about peacefully.''
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Another indigene, Adamu Alisika, said when Boko Haram took over the community from them, he fled with his family to a cave to hide.
Alisika said he returned when soldiers called them back.
"So we came back since March 20 and till date there has not been any problem and we are thanking the military. May God help them to fight the Boko Haram,’’ he said.
Similarly, Bello Musa expressed happiness because he had been hiding in the bush since he insurgents invaded the community.
He said that the people were very confident that the terrorists would not return because of the presence of the soldiers and appealed to the government to deploy more soldiers to the area.