On the 2nd day of January 2015, Boko Haram started the most deadly offensive ever recorded since their inception. Boko Haram has continuously terrorized the inhabitants of northern Nigeria since 2009, attacking churches, schools Government buildings and even the ordinary civilians.
In a week long reign of terror that Amnesty International has termed the “The most deadly massacre” of the Jihadist group since 2009, Boko Haram has left a trail of corpses that has risen to a count of 2,000 and more in the town of Baga and its surrounding areas. The raid, which began with seizure of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) base in Baga on the 3rd of January, in a fierce battle with the Nigerian Military, sent the Nigerian soldiers fleeing and abandoning the town of Baga and its civilians completely to the mercies of members of the sect.
After the Nigerian military cleared out and abandoned the town of Baga, Boko Haram set upon the town of Baga and opened fire on innocent citizens who were attempting to flee and save themselves from the merciless rain of bullets from the terrorist’s many assault riffles. The attack lasted from the 6th of January up until the 9th, after which there was a trail of bodies estimated to be the highest number of known casualties to be ever recorded in the history of Boko Haramic attacks.
The terrorists did not stop at the town of Baga, but rather, they went ahead to attack and raze other neighboring towns as much as 16 of them. The town of Baga which previously had a population of over 10,000 is now virtually extinct as the body count from this latest massacre has risen up to 2,000 with most of the others who managed to escape, scattered all over Niger state and Chad republic as refugees. According to a Borno state senator Ahmed Zanna, “These towns are just gone, burned down, . . .The whole area is covered in bodies.”
In the words of reporters from Business Insider, “Boko Haram’s rampage throughout the region is a direct blow to the prestige of the Nigerian military”. You will agree with me that, as time has passed, the activities of Boko Haram has grown more Brazen, more lethal and more sophisticated as a local district head Baba Abba Hassan confirmed that they came in sophisticated cars, and unloaded grenades, assault riffles and motorcycles with which the pursed and killed villagers who had tried to flee into the bushes. This equally proves that they had made plans in absolute certainty of success, knowing that not even the Nigerian militarily can stop them. More so, their assumptions were proven absolutely correct as the Nigerian troops could not hold the heat of the battle but rather scurried away with their tails in between their legs.
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Government spokesman on insurgency, Mike Omeri however, has assured Nigerians that a battle is underway to reclaim lost areas from the militants. This however is not an encouragement considering the fact that we have heard that particular promise more than once in the past and yet, the territories ceased by the militants seem to be increasing daily rather than the other way around. It is disturbing that there has a been a confirmation that the terror group has gained international notoriety and now controls an estimated 30-35 000 square kilometers, which is roughly the same amount of terrain the ISIS controls in Iraq and Syria.
Suleiman Dauda, 12, said he ran into the bushes with neighbors when extremists attacked his village, Askira Uba, near Yola last year. “I saw them kill my father, they slaughtered him like a ram. And up until now I don’t know where my mother is,” he told The Press at Daware refugee camp in Yola. The coordinator of five of the refugee camps in Yola, Sa’ad Bello said that he is optimistic that displaced the children will be united with their parents. This, in the light of the fact that just seven children have been re-united with their parents with over 140 others having no ideas if their families are alive or dead. With over 10,000 people of Baga missing and displaced, how is it possible that there could ever be a re-union for these kids and their parents.
In the light of the number of the casualties from their previous acts, the human bloodbath executed by the Boko Haram terrorists in the last few days is massive. It eclipses all of the other attacks that they had carried out since 2009 and it has left Nigerians shocked anew. With elections looming ahead, one wonders what tricks these black sheep have up their sleeves considering the fact that the Nation’s president Goodluck Jonathan, in whose tenure Boko Haram went all out, will contest for a second tenure.