Boko Haram Takes Over Buni Yadi Town In Yobe, Raises Flag & Executes 2 Smokers
August 21, 2014 – Boko Haram Seizes Another Town, Buni Yadi Town In Yobe, Raises Flag & Execute 2 Smokers
The dreaded Boko Haram Islamists have taken over another town in crisis-hit Yobe state in Nigeria.
Several residents have fled the town over increased attack that started late July.
The terrorists were said to have taken over the main government building in the town.
They have reportedly raised their flag above the building and have carried out several executions, including of two people who were caught smoking cigarettes.
Abdullahi Bego, the spokesman for Yobe’s Governor Ibrahim Geidam, could not confirm the executions but he told AFP: “As I speak there are no military in Buni Yadi and locals say that Boko Haram come and go as they please.
“So many people from Buni Yadi have fled to the state capital Damaturu,” he added.
Fleeing residents said the terrorists had set up roadblocks.
They were also robbing people as they tried to flee.
“I left Buni Yadi yesterday (Wednesday) because it was no longer safe for me and my family,” said trader Surajo Muhammad.
The gunmen “shot dead two men for smoking and they also killed a known drug peddler”, he added.
Tijjani Bukar, who also fled, reported the same executions.
“I couldn’t stay any longer because I came to realise these people have come to stay,” he said.
“I thought they would be there for a few days but from our understanding they have turned the town into their (territory).”
UN has confirmed that the military has recovered Damboa and Gwoza towns from the control of the extremists.