Boko Haram terrorists, on Sunday, launched an attack on residents of Babbangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The community is located 50 kilometres away from Dapchi where 110 students of the Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted, in February, 2018.
A source said that the insurgents engaged troops in gun duel in the area.
It was gathered that residents of the community in their numbers scampered into the bush for safety.
According to the source, “Boko Haram terrorists are currently attacking Yobe town. They are currently attacking Babbangida, headquarters of Tarmuwa local government area in Yobe State. Residents are fleeing,” the source said.
The latest attack came as the Director Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyeama Nwachukwu, recently revealed that ISWAP terrorist group had commenced a massive recruitment drive after thousands of Boko Haram insurgents ‘repented’ and surrendered to the military.
Gen. Nwachukwu noted that the military would not relent in its fight against terrorism.
He, however, urged members of the public to be observant in their communities.
The revelation comes two weeks after the State Security Service (SSS), also called the Department of State Services (DSS) asked security agencies in Kaduna to brace themselves for likely attacks.
It noted that leaders and foot soldiers of the Boko Haram terrorist sect had relocated to a forest in Southern Kaduna from the notorious Sambisa Forest.
A memo said that ‘senior Boko Haram fighter, Ibrahim (FNU) alongside his foot soldiers’ were relocating to join their counterparts ‘under the leadership of one Adamu Yunusu (aka Saddiqu)’.
The DSS, therefore, ordered the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to tighten security in the “aforementioned areas and environs,” adding that its operatives “should be placed on alert and report accordingly”.
According to the memo, the NSCDC was also “directed to step up surveillance and intelligence gathering on the aforementioned areas and environs”.