Residents of Damboa Native Authorities Space of Borno State within the northeast Nigeria has confirmed the killing of the operational commander of Youth Volunteer popularly referred to as Civilian Joint Job Pressure, Mala Mintar alongside 14 troopers in an ambush alongside the Maiduguri – Damboa street whereas escorting travellers on Saturday afternoon.
The 87km Maiduguri-Damboa street was opened for travellers final yr by the Chief of Military Workers Lt. Common Tukur Yusuf Buratai, nevertheless, the residents stated ambush by terrorists working from Ajigil, Talala and Alqgarno has continued unabated on the street because it was opened for public.
The residents stated, the street continues to be a dying entice even with the army escort, as such urged the authorities to do Tue needful on the know villages which has been changed into operational bases of the Boko Haram fighters alongside the street.
Umar Ajari, a member of the CJTF in Damboa, who additionally fought alongside late Mala Mintar instructed DAILY POST on Sunday night that, the dying of Mala has introduced disappointment to lots of them who’ve been preventing alongside with him.
He stated, ” Once we have been overwhelmed in the course of the ambush and displaced, we thought he had escaped additionally solely to search out out later that he was amongst these killed within the battle that ensued. We misplaced lots of our colleagues and fourteen troopers within the ambush however we additionally killed lots of the preventing males on the opposite facet.”
Based on him, Maiduguri – Damboa street has been attacked greater than 10 occasions this yr and quite a bit has not been reported.
“Even final week there was an assault alongside this street. As long as Talala, Agijil and Alagarno continues to be a powerful maintain of the insurgents alongside this street, this assaults will proceed,” he added.
One other resident and NGO employee in Damboa instructed DAILY POST that his organisation doesn’t permit travelling by street from Maiduguri-Damboa due to the incidences on the street.
“We’ve got been receiving safety briefing on every day foundation as regards taking place alongside this street and it has been teriffic,” he stated.
He additionally confirmed that, studies they acquired had it that 14 Nigerian troopers have been killed alongside the street on Saturday, who have been escorting travellers.
“Everyone right here in Damboa is aware of what has occurred. It’s not a hiding fact. There was an ambush and 14 Troopers and lots of others have been killed in the course of the assault yesterday. We pray for his or her souls to relaxation in peace,” he stated