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Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Michika Town In Adamawa

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Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Michika Town In Adamawa

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are reported to have invaded Michika, the administrative headquarters of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

It was gathered that the attack which was said to be ongoing as at the time of this report, sent the residents escaping to the surrounding hills.

Some of the residents told Channels Television that the attackers came into Michika from the Shuwa axis, shooting sporadically, taking everyone by surprise.

A resident who did not want his identity revealed said he was speaking from the top of a hill and he could hear gunshots inside Michika town. He could not state the exact time the attack started as they were too shocked to take note of that.

Channels Television correspondent in Adamawa State tried to reach the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State command, Superintendent of Police Othman Abubakar, but he was unable to answer or return the call.

An attempt to also get the army spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa, to comment on the incident was not successful as he failed to pick telephone calls put across to him.

Michika is one of the 14 local government areas where supplementary elections for the governorship seat are expected to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 23, 2019.

 

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Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari Asks Christians, Muslims To Jointly Pray Against Kidnapping, Banditry

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President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians asked both Christians and Muslims to unite and jointly pray against tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry.

He also called for practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness noting that unity and solidarity among all citizens is imperative especially at this time when Nigeria is faced with multiple challenges.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood, and love amongst all.

 “Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims, and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari said further that it is noteworthy and delightful to see “Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.”

He added that “This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness.”

The President, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

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