Residents of Geidam, Yobe State, are allegedly being enticed by members of the Islamic State-backed Boko Haram group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), with cash gifts in the hopes of persuading them to enter.
As of Tuesday evening, the organisation had distributed N20,000 to well over 50 households, according to HumAngle.
Recall that the insurgents took control of the local government area on Friday evening, April 23, and have retained it since, despite attempts by the Nigerian military to retake it.
Insurgents destroyed private and public property, including telecommunications facilities, but spared civilians, especially Muslims.
They also raised their flag and handed out propaganda leaflets to locals, urging them to join their cause.
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The insurgents were bragging to the locals that they would dislodge a military base in the area, according to residents. Troops, on the other hand, have developed a strong presence despite being restrained for fear of causing too many collateral damages.
Thousands of people have left the town and its environs, according to Ali Kolo Geidam, the chairman of the local government.
“I don’t know who is currently in charge because I haven’t been able to enter the town for the past two days, but the insurgents overran the military, according to the information I got.
“I paid a visit to some of the wounded patients here at Damaturu Specialist Hospital and expressed my sympathy for their plight,” he said.
He said that insurgents killed two people on Sunday morning, including Mallam Baba Tazira, a teacher at Kawuri Primary School, as well as those who were injured and displaced.
The chairman refuted the military’s argument that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties, saying that they should have consulted locals for more details.
Terrorists killed two Christian employees of a non-governmental organisation in Rawana Usman’s neighbourhood, according to a resident who fled the twon.
“They were going door to door, targeting Christians, NGO staff, and people who went to western schools,” he said.
“I couldn’t stand it any longer when I learned about the targeted killings, so I suddenly left. I can tell that there were soldiers engaging them. They’ve been doing everything they can to evict the terrorists, but I can assure you that these boys were moving around the town normally when I left.”
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