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Terrorists gain control of Yobe town

04 September 2014, 07:53Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Terrorists suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have attacked Gulani town in Yobe State and allegedly occupied the local council secretariat complex.

It was learnt that the takeover, albeit religious, had forced some residents to flee for fear of being killed.

Gulani is a border town with Buni/Yadi, which is believed to have already been captured by the insurgents who are alleged to have occupied the council headquarters, 164 kilometres west of Damaturu, the state capital.

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A resident of Gulani, Bukar Isa, told journalists that the terrorists did not embark on a killing spree nonetheless.

"No one was killed during invasion, but the insurgents have taken over our secretariat complex and lodge by noon, before telling us that they stormed the town not to kill, but preach and do the work of Allah (God), according to the Quran.”

Isa lamented that there were no security operatives to challenge the Islamist militants who were still occupying the government lodge at the time of filing this report.

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Other sources in the town revealed that militants had passed the night in Gulani town and called the early morning prayers at the Central Mosque where they preached to some residents that remained in their residences.

They were said to have gone to the ward head’s house and registered their arrival, telling him that their coming was just to preach and not to harm anyone, when they saw that people were panicking.

"The insurgents called the early morning prayers, led the prayers and preached for over an hour before going back to the government lodge were they camped” said the Gulani source who narrated the Boko Haram activities in the town.

- CAJ News


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