Boko Haram insurgents, Thursday evening, attempted to attack Michika, a town in the northern part of Adamawa State.
Different sources affirmed Friday morning that it took superior firepower of military forces to repel the attack. The sources said the insurgents who drove into town about 6pm on Toyota Hilux and several motorcycles through Koppa village, were engaged by the military in a gun battle.
A source, Saraya Joshua who travelled from Yola for the holiday to the town where he hails from, said the insurgents rushed in firing randomly and forcing residents to flee in different directions. Speaking on the phone Friday morning, Saraya said, “Lots of people fled the town late into the night, but I stayed back praying for this day to break. I am on my way back to Yola as I speak.”
Another source said some of the Boko Haram fighters were killed by soldiers outside the town. The Chairman of Michika Local Government Council, Michael Shehu, said the town has calmed down reasonably.
“Some residents who fled the town have started returning, because the attackers were repelled by the soldiers,” Michael said.
Also speaking on the development, the Senator representing the area, Sen Ishaku Abbo, said the military did a gallant job of saving Michika from the destructive hands of the insurgents. According to the senator, soldiers on peacekeeping mission in Michika and Gulak areas repelled the Boko Haram insurgents who attempted to infiltrate into the towns, Thursday evening.
Michika and neighbouring Madagali Local Government Area have remained the two LGAs most troubled by Boko Haram in Adamawa State. The two LGAs, especially Madagali, which lie close to Borno State, were attacked a number of times just before the last general elections, forcing the conduct of the elections in just three centres in the entire Madagali LGA.