By Dickson Blessing
The Boko Haram Sect had killed at least a hundred people and as well destroyed 16 towns and villages in Borno State.
Huge number of casualties has been feared as a result of the attacks but are yet to be ascertained. “They (Boko Haram) burnt to the ground all the 16 towns and villages, including Baga, Doron-Baga, Mile 4, Mile 3, Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram.” said Musa Bukar the Head of Kukuwa Local Government area.
Baga and the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which is made of troops was said to be captured by the Boko Haram fighters on Sunday.
Security analysts this week said that Baga was of strategic importance to Boko Haram, as it was thought to be the last town in northern Borno under federal government control.
Bukar had also said “We have over 20,000 people displaced from Baga and surrounding villages in a camp in Maiduguri and we are making arrangements to convey another 10,000 from Monguno where they ran to,” he added.
Some 560 villagers have been stranded on an island on Lake Chad since Saturday without food, he said.
“They told me that some of them are dying from lack of food, cold and malaria on the mosquito-infested island,” he said.
“I was in constant touch with them until this morning when the phone they were using went off which I assume was due to dead battery,” he added.