UPDATE:Daughter,Father Now in Safe Hands,Mubi ‘Still Under Siege’
Media aide to former Governor Nyako gave an update Wednesday night thus: “Thank God Almighty for his mercies. My dear daughter and her cousins have made contact. They have emerged from a near 20 kilometers walk in the bush to secure refuge in a local chief’s House. My Dad is also safe in another village. Mubi is still under siege, but no deaths are reported although an unconfirmed report has it that a young prince was killed around the palace. So many people are still trapped without food, water or essential commodities.
He said further : “Meanwhile rumour has been spreading in Yola that the insurgents are coming to take over Yola in 3 days’ time. These are strange times and neither the Government nor the Military High Command has issued any statement that will assuage the feelings of panic among the people. We need your prayers.”
The parents, daughter and other relatives of Mr Ahmad Sajoh ,media aide to former Governor Murtal Nyako of Adamawa state are among those trapped in Mubi today as Boko Haram invaded the second biggest town in the state.Also trapped were students and government workers as well as other citizens.
Sajoh who gave a moving account of Wednesday’s unfolding event said ,“This morning I got a call from My daughter who is a 200 level student of Adamawa State University, Mubi. She was hysterical. I was in Abuja for a meeting, but her information forced me to head back to Yola immediately. According to her, the insurgents were approaching the town which is the second largest in Adamawa State. I ordered her to leave the hostel and join her cousins to escape the town. I called My father who confirmed the story. By the time I arrived Yola airport, the town had fallen to the insurgents.
He cobtinued “ My parents are trapped while My daughter and her cousins are missing. We lost contact for the past six hours.
“My colleague Mallam Iliyasu of the Bursary Department Adamawa State University, Mubi who is trapped in the town said by 2pm the Police Barracks in the GRA was overrun by the insurgents, the Prison was blown open while fighting was going on at the army Barracks.
“ The IDP camp at Lamorde was thrown into confusion. The new rulers of the town had issued a decree banning all entry and exit to the town.
He also said “Students who trooped to the motor park are now stranded with most taking refuge in any House that could welcome them. The Barracks are the least safe locations in the town. So far there are no reported cases of killings or abductions. But fear and apprehension had taken over.
“No word yet on the incident either by Government or the Military” Sajoh said .