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Boko Haram: Dapchi Residents Beg FG To Return Soldiers

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Residents of Dapchi in Yobe State have cried out to the government to rescue them from the vulnerability of Boko Haram further attacks.

The residents appeal for the redeployment of security personnel to the area.

TheCable reports quoting a resident who pleaded anonymity that since soldiers left the town after the attack that led to the burning of their camp, they never returned.

Boko Haram in Nigeria: Boko Haram: Dapchi Residents Beg FG To Return Soldiers
Soldiers dragging the suspect away

It could be recalled that NAIJA CENTER reported how Boko Haram attacked Dapchi on May 18, burning houses and destroying properties, which led to the residents running for their lives.

Since the last attack, the soldiers had not returned and residents have been living in perpetual fear of further attacks.

Quoting the resident, residents fled on Sunday and Monday after the news of a possible attack by the insurgents filtered.

“Two days ago, we fled into the bushes to hide when we heard that they (Boko Haram) were coming to attack,” he said.

“We sent our children, women and the aged who could not run to stay in neighbouring places while the men remained in the town but were sleeping in the bushes at night.”

However, the news of the attack was a hoax, therefore, the residents returned to the town.

“There was no attack and everybody has returned home. But we need security; there is no security again since the soldiers left. They left after Boko Haram burnt their camp and we have been sleeping with our two eyes open for fear of the unknown,” he added.

“There are a few mobile policemen here, but in the evening, they normally go to another community called Baimari.

“We are pleading with the government to provide security for us.”
Musa Sagir, the army spokesman, was unreachable for comments as of the time this report was filed.

Boko Haram first attacked Dapchi on February 19, 2018, when they abducted 117 female students.

Others were released, five died in their custody, meanwhile, one of the girls, Leah Sharibu remains with the insurgents as she refused to renounce her Christianity.

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