Hundreds of residents have been trapped in neighbouring towns and villages in Borno state after Boko Haram terrorist allegedly dislodged Military forces in Marte Local Government Area of Borno over a week ago.
This is just as members loyal to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), have reportedly hoisted their flags in many places including military outposts in New Marte and Kirenowa, the biggest town in the local government.
It could be recalled that the the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Sunday, issued a 48 minutes deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte from Boko Haram terrorists.
However, after many days of trying to recapture the area, Marte is still being controlled by Boko Haram terrorist. According to top Military sources, Marte fed into the hands of the blood thisty group on February 15, 2021.
It was learnt that the terrorists have also taken possession of the Military formation in Marte, including high profile fighting equipment and vehicles.
A Military source said, “following the departure of the Nigerian troops, Boko Haram fighters have stationed their fighters in strategic locations while others are serving as police, giving directives to locals who were unable to leave places like Kirenowa and others.”
“The terrorists have taken people in the town hostage. They are now in control of mosques, hospitals and other government buildings.”
Another source said, “They are in absolute control of Marte and environs, giving directives as to when people can go out. It is like what happened years ago when they established their territory in the outskirt of Kirenowa close to Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.”
“People would have to take permission from them before doing anything. I pray that Nigerian authorities would mobilise and reclaim the town soon.”