Members of the Islamic State Terrorist Group of the West African Province (ISWAP) kidnapped the Chief of the Joint Civil Task Force (JTF) in the Bambula community in the local government area of Chibok, Borno State, Mohammed Abba.
Reports got to 9jatoday that the insurgents attacked the community at about 4 a.m yesterday, when most residents were asleep.
Abba, the source said, has been the target of the insurgents since he has refused to be compromised.
The head of the civilian JTF has been kidnapped alongside many others who have not yet been identified.
“The sporadic shots woke us up and everyone started running for safety,” said one resident, who spoke confidently.
“The insurgents arrived through Ajigum Talala, a part of the forest where ISWAP has a strong unit. They went straight to Abba’s house and took him. They had warned him before, but Abba refused to cooperate with them.
“They kidnapped many others who couldn’t run. They also burned some properties, including a vehicle belonging to the head of the community. ”
The attack comes a week after insurgents attacked Korongilum in Chibok, where they burned many houses.
President Muhammadu Buhari advised the military yesterday to change tactics so as to defeat ISWAP terrorists in the northeast.
Also, the President spoke at the opening of the 10th National Security seminar organized by AANDEC the Alumni Association of the National Defence College in Abuja.
The seminar, with the title: Combating insecurity in Nigeria, was held in collaboration with the Office’s National Security Advisor (ONSA) and the National Defense College (NDC).
President Buhari, represented by the Minister of Defense, Major-General. Bashir Magashi (retired), said that new threats in the areas of insurgency and terrorism have emerged due to the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
He said security agencies had been given a renewed mandate to deal mercilessly with terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.
“This is a major concern and threat for us. Their presence in the Sahel region of West Africa represents a great danger not only for Nigeria, but also for the entire region.
“Thus, we are exploring a higher level of collaboration between all nations and international organizations to effectively reduce the spread of terrorism and defeat the insurgency and terrorism.”
Adamawa State Governor Umar Fintiri called yesterday and asked for help from the federal government and the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) for victims of last week’s invasion in the city of Garkida, in the area of Gombi’s local government by terrorists from Boko Haram.
Speaking to the NEDC president and board of directors at his headquarters in Abuja, the governor regretted that the destruction in the four cities was the worst he had seen in the history of Adamawa state.
“They burned the city police station, attacked three churches and destroyed their properties, including vocational training schools; burned seven vehicles belonging to the churches, attacked a shopping complex with more than eight stores and destroyed them.
“The terrorists also looted a pharmaceutical store within the city and destroyed homes and properties belonging to individuals, including that of the president of the Northeast Development Commission.
“Sir, we are here to seek your help and support, because the burden is too much for the State to carry alone.
“We are trying to ensure that total peace returns to Garkida and its surroundings and we recruit 100 guards to support the armed forces. The military also deployed more troops in the area.
“However, we are trying to avoid the challenge of internally displaced people (IDP). That is why we are looking for immediate and long-term NEDC interventions. “