Boko Haram ‘abducts’ three customs officers , loots from hospitals in Geidam


Three customs officers were abducted by Boko Haram, even as foodstuff and medicines were carted away by Boko Haram insurgents during a battle for the ‘soul’ of Geidam in Yobe State on Tuesday, I was gathered.

Idris Modu Geidam, a resident of Geidam city in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State in northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday said the attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday left them empty as the insurgents looted their food items and took away their means of livelihoods.

The insurgents, according to Idris came from the Maine Sorowa road in the northern part of the town and started shooting sporadically as everybody fled to avoid being killed.

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Maine–Corowa is on the Nigeria-Niger Republic border and is about 45km from Geidam city. Geidam is about 182 km away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital within northeast Nigeria where the fight between the troops and Boko Haram is in its eleventh year. Geidam has been attacked four times this year, according to some of the residents who also acknowledged that in January, the insurgents abducted the District Head who’s believed to be in their custody till date if he is still alive.

The Tuesday evening attack took the intervention of both ground and air supports to stop the insurgents, but not without looting of foodstuff, burning of retailers and carting away of medical equipment and drugs from the hospital within the city.

Residents told  that the insurgents abducted three officers of the Nigerian Customs Service, who had just been transferred from the Bauchi command.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abdulkarim Dungus, however, channelled other enquiries on the abduction of the Nigerian Customs officer to the command, stating that, the police cannot speak on that.

However, security sources stated they took away the officers after driving into the town through the Geidam-Maine–Sorowa road.

The officers were stationed at a checkpoint on the road when the insurgents made an inroad for the fourth time to try to take control of Geidam town.

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