Hundreds of families, relations and friends besiege Baga Motor Park in Maiduguri in search of their loved ones who escaped from Boko Haram attack in Baga town of Kukawa local government area of Borno state.
Our correspondent who was in Baga Motor park reports that hundreds of residents of baga town following the recent bloody attack of the town and subsequent taking over of the town by the boko haram terrorists were seen trying to locate their love ones or get information about them.
One of those who fled the two to Maiduguri, one Alhaji Baba Gana told our correspondent in Maiduguri that, ” the boko haram insurgents invaded the town actually on Saturday morning and attacked the entire Baga town where they engaged the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on a serious battle and over powered them to the extent that even they soldiers were running away from the boko haram gunmen until deployment team from Maiduguri arrived”.
“ over 40 of us escaped into the bush, while the Boko Haram terrorists were gunning down people, only 2 of us managed to escape to Maiduguri”, Baba added.
According to him, several houses, shops and vehicles including motorcycles, tricycles and bicycles were burnt down in Baga and Doron Baga towns, during the boko haram attack.
“It was after the boko haram insurgents succeeded in sending away the military men in Baga town and carted away with the military weapons and equipment, the insurgents went to nearby Doron Baga town and set it ablaze”, Gana added.
According to him, the fear of Baga town residents is that the Boko Haram terrorists will use the arms they carted away with from the military in Baga to unleash more mayhem on other towns and villages near Baga town. This informed the reason why most of the residents to embark on exodus to Maiduguri and other towns and cities for safety.
A Civilian JTF in Baga who also fled to Maiduguri, Tasiyu Hamza said, “ during the attack, military personnel were seen running away and throwing away their AK 47 while our civilian members were picking the guns to fight back rather the boko haram terrorists because some of us are using sticks, knives and machetes while the boko haram insurgents were using sophisticated weapons such as RPG and we have to run”.
He said they also received a reports that a boat loaded with people mostly women and children fleeing to Chad Republic from Baga town unfortunately capsized with over 40 people who are feared dead in the Lake Chad.
“If Federal government does want us in Nigeria or has sold us to Boko Haram terrorists, it should tell us so that we will know where to relocate, to”, Baba added.