Boko Haram: residents flee Yobe community
A recent Boko Haram attack has forced residents of Dapchi in Yobe State on Sunday flee the town for fear of being attacked by the insurgents.
The residents had earlier learnt on Saturday about potential gathering of the insurgents at a nearby bush. They took to their heels believing that they might be attacked during the Eid prayer on Sunday, as it has been the practice of the insurgents.
A lot of the residents were said to have fled to Damaturu, Gashua, Nguru and Potiskum since Saturday.
Consequently, the made the town totally deserted with the Eid prayer not holding on Sunday.
Some residents spoke on phone to journalists on Sunday from a nearby village at a time they suspect that the Boko Haram militants in a convoy of 11 trucks and heavily armed were already close to Dapchi but suddenly changed direction and took the road towards Gumsa.
It was reported that the people took to their heels and a few of them have remained in the bush while many others escaped to neighbouring towns.