By Stephen Ubanna
Barely one month after Kashim Ibrahim, the governor of Borno state led elders to the Presidential Villa to seek President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, intervention over the devastating activities of Boko Haram, in the state, the insurgents struck at Rann, a Border Community between Nigeria and Cameroun and Headquarters of Kalabalge local government.
It was the second attack on the Community in two weeks. The first attack was said to have taken place on January 14, 2019. The Islamic Fundamentals may have considered the Border Community for its operations that it had plotted to sack the Nigerian soldiers and take over the Community for its military operations in the state. It was learnt that the insurgents always send word to the Community to prepare the people’s mind for the a
The insurgents may have considered Rann and Baga, fishing Communities, very strategic for their military base to launch attacks in the state they were determined to recover it from the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, soldiers.
The withdrawal of the Nigerien soldiers attached to the MNJTF and the movement with their equipment from the Community, according to Amnesty International, a Human Rights Organisation, may have provided opportunity for them to launch the deadly attacks within an interval of two weeks, as many residents were forced to relocate to Cameroun for protection.
Recall that the people had raised alarm when they noticed that the alleged mass withdrawal of the Niger soldiers from the Border Community that they cried out to the Nigerian soldiers for help. The assurance given by the soldiers may have gladdened their mind to be
Note that the Border Community have been in the news in the recent times because of the kidnap of some Staff of the International Red Cross Society last year by the insurgents. Two of the kidnapped officials were confirmed killed by the Islamic Fundamentalists as their financial demands which run into millions of naira could not be met.
Many had expected that the Nigerian soldiers would effectively fill the vacuum created with the alleged withdrawal of the Nigerien soldiers as promised, instead the security situation in the town was said to have worsened fueling speculation that there may be a mole within the rank of the Nigerian soldiers who is feeding the insurgents with information about the movement of soldiers.
the security situation in the town was so bad that Ibrahim, the state governor was said to have pleaded with the Katsina state born Nigerian President on the need to reinforce the town against further attacks by the insurgents who promised to reach out to Tukur Buratai, a Lt . General and Chief of Army Staff, CAS, to deploy more Combatant soldiers to police the town. But that was how far he could go.
On Monday, January 28, the insurgents were said to have carried out the deadliest attack on the Border Community in the recent time which further exposed the weakness of the Nigerian soldiers on field operations.
Amnesty International confirmed that at least 60 people were killed in the attack, forcing residents to relocate in their hundreds to the neighbouring Central African country of Cameroun villages along the Border to seek protection. It was reported that some 30,000 civilians may have fled the Border town to Cameroun, thus joining an earlier 9,000 who had fled the insurgents previous attack on the town on January 14, 2018.
It is not surprising why Amnesty International has called on buhari, the Nigerian President to investigate the alleged withdrawal of Nigeruien soldiers attached to the MNJTF from Rann , which may have left thousands of civilians exposed to the Boko Haram insurgents latest attacks .
The Value News findings show that the Camerounian Authorities may not have helped matters as they were said to have forced the people back to Rann despite the poor security situation . Amnesty International would want the central African country to desist from forcing people to return to the war thorn Border Community until normalcy returns to avoid falling into the waiting hands of the insurgents.
Osai Ojigho, the Amnesty boss in Nigeria disclosed that the insurgents has ”consistently and deliberately targeted civilian populations in Rann, which exposes the Nigerian soldiers failure to protect the people.
The situation in Rann Border Community was so worrisome that Amnesty International was forced to issue a Statement on Friday, February 2, 2019, stating that it has analysed Satellite imagery which also showed that hundreds of houses were destroyed by the insurgents during the attack.
”Using Sattelite imagery,” we have also been able confirm that the mass destruction of shelters as BokoHaram unleashed massive assault on the Border Community”. Many of the destroyed structures, according to the Organistion date back to 2017, suggesting that they were shelters for Internally Displaced people, IDP, who may have relocated to the town seeking protection.
The criticism that trailed the Boko Haram fighters attack on Rann town , which was blamed on the Nigerian soldiers who abandoned their duty posts may have forced Buratai to read the riot act to soldiers never to abandon their duty posts defending any town attacked by the insurgents, until they are completely wiped out. Buratai has every reason to
The activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno