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Boko Haram Seizes Army Base in Borno State

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Boko Haram BellaNaijaWhat a terrible way to start the New Year.

On Saturday, January 4th, Boko Haram attacked and took over a multinational military base in Baga town, Borno State, BBC reports. The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Chad.

Many residents were killed in the town during the invasion, as the terrorists burnt down structures and attacked people indiscriminately. Those who escaped did so by fleeing the town via boat to Chad.

Eyewitness accounts revealed that the soldiers fled during the invasion, causing further panic amongst residents.

“We were woken up by heavy gunshots, and we couldn’t identify where the shots were coming from.

They came through the north, the west and from the southern part of the town because the eastern part is only water. So, when we [went] towards the western part, we saw heavily armed Boko Haram men coming towards us.

The soldiers were trying to repel the attack but that wasn’t going to happen because a lot of the soldiers were without their guns and some were running into the town. When you see soldiers running away into the town – what are you to do, other than to just run away as well?,” said one of the survivors of the attack.

Commenting on the situation, Maina Maaji Lawan, a senator for Borno North, expressed frustration at the fact that soldiers fled instead of fighting back.

“There is definitely something wrong that makes our military abandon their posts each time there is an attack from Boko Haram,” he  said.

5 Comments

  1. Datsun

    January 5, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Boko Haram are merciless! Nigeria is troubled! I worry about Lagos.

  2. Busarni

    January 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    When our military is ill equipped; nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to our military and BH. Just before xmas, my elder sister told us how a top military man was busy sharing money in a banking hall.. In God we trust.

  3. Missy

    January 5, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Did this happen on Saturday the 3rd or Sunday, the 4th?

    May God raise up men to deliver Nigeria from the hand of her oppressors.

  4. Carliforniabawlar

    January 5, 2015 at 11:16 am

    In all of this, another dimension is to ask how they are going to conduct elections in these parts? Whoever wins the elections will have legitimacy questions seeing as a good chunk of the country is so unstable and maybe even desolate, noone would be able to conduct or participate in elections there.
    Naija’s situation is just so crazy it’s mind-blowing!

  5. Banjo

    January 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t know GEJ feels in his heart seeing people dying everyday in a country you are leading from this terrorist group. It is so shameful because a leader who has taken the daily killings of people as normal is very wicked and demonic himself. I can’t see what he is doing for crush this group for the past 4 years now, if not over 4 years they have been operational and this group are getting stronger and stronger. There evil plans are so successful. Throughout all his administration, all your defense strategies is a failure. Is this what we want in the next 4 years Nigerians? And some you Nigerians are just too selfish and self centered. Most of GEJ supporter are from the south. Is it because you are feeling the level of insecurity and damage to your properties just like our counterparts in North. We need to think deeply over this because power is now back to the electorate to make that choice that will lead to more doom or boom. We just need a change of leadership and Jonathan is not delivering. Where insecurity loom, there can never be growth and development. If GEJ is not careful, his tenure will make history has “The man who disunite Nigeria”. Whoever is going to be, GEJ should just not continue ruling us
    I rest my thought.

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