Less than four days after the Boko Haram members engaged the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operatives in a gun duel in Maiduguri, the group again attacked a JTF base at Bulumkutu Market area of the Maiduguri Metropolis where there were shootings that lasted for hours.
Witnesses said that the latest clash occurred on Monday evening at about 7:30pm when some members of Boko Haram in a Volkswagen Golf car stormed the JTF base, very close to the EYN Church in Bulumkutu area, and opened fire on soldiers and policemen there.
During the crossfire, it was learnt that due to the superior firearms of JTF operatives, the sect members were overpowered and subsequently fled, leaving their car behind.
Though, no casualty was recorded, witnesses said many people sustained various degrees of injury.
However, residents complained that JTF operatives rounded up people and even tortured some. One Mallam Adamu of Bulumkutu area told our correspondent soldoers were beating people up for alleged complicity.
Adamu said, “The JTF officials were entering people houses beating them seriously. They even shot some people including one old man of about 70 years whom I am sure has died. Whenever Boko Haram sect struck, the JTF usually go mad on people instead of fighting sect members.”
When contacted, the Head of Field Operation of JTF, Col. Victor Ebhaleme, confirmed the incident. But, he implored the people of Borno to cooperate with the JTF operatives by providing information that would help the JTF operatives to arrest members of the sect.