The Nigerian Army has disclosed that one soldier has paid the supreme price while another was wounded in a gun duel with Boko Haram terrorists who attacked Garkida, in Gombi local government area of Adamawa State, Friday.
Boko Haram had stormed Garkida, in Northern Adamawa State’s Gombi local government area on Friday evening and destroyed valuables, including churches and houses.
But the 23 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army which has its headquarters in Yola, said it had responded to interrupt advances of the insurgents, killed some of them and lost a soldier to them.
“Gallant troops of 232 Battalion of 23 Armoured Brigade under Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Garkida, Gombi LGA of Adamawa State, had thwarted a planned criminal attack on the peaceful town on 21 February 2020 by some criminal Boko Haram Terrorists,” the military formation said in a statement obtained by DAILY POST Sunday morning.
According to the statement signed by Major Haruna Mohammed Sani, Assistant Director Army Public Relations of the 23 Armoured Brigade, “The terrorists besieged the town in about 7 Gun Trucks and a number of motorcycles, setting some buildings ablaze and causing unrest within the community.
“Instinctively, the gallant troops mobilized and intercepted the criminals’ advance and engaged the marauding criminals unleashing high volume of fire, leading to the elimination of several of the criminals while others withdrew in disarray, many of them with gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their withdrawal route.
“Regrettably, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while another soldier was wounded in action. The wounded in action soldier has since been evacuated to a military medical facility and is positively responding to treatment.”
The statement added that the Commander of the 23 Armoured Brigade, Brigadier General Sani Gambo Mohammed, who visited the troops in Garkida on Saturday and toured the locations of the attack for an on the spot assessment, congratulated the troops for their fighting spirit, but warned them to be vigilant as the criminal elements might plan a reprisal attack due to the casualties they suffered.
Residents of the town told our reporter on phone that a police barracks, churches and a house belonging to General Paul Tarfa were among several buildings burnt down by the rampaging terrorists who launched the attack apparently to steal food and other valuables.
General Terfa is currently the boss of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) created by the federal government to provide palliatives to the ravaged region in the aftermath of the 10-year Boko Haram campaign in the region.
The insurgents according to residents attacked, looted most shops and set set fire critical infrastructure unchallenged.
A resident Tarfa Aliyu said the terrorists came into the town in huge numbers and looted food stuff, pharmaceutical and other consumables.
He noted that the insurgents must have been abreast of the fact that a battalion previously situated in the area have been withdrawn and only some pockets of soldiers were left behind.
“It was easy for the insurgents to rout the few soldiers in the town and gain control on the town.
“After looting, they burnt down a police barracks, police station, two churches, Living Faith and EYN, and a shopping mall.
“People were also killed but I have no record as of now.
“They have also razed General Paul Tarfa’s resident, among other important buildings in the town.”