BY UMAR YUSUF
Yola — Unknown Gun-men have attacked Sabongari Hyambula village, bordering Gwoza in Borno and Madagali Local Government of Adamawa, killing a soldier and two civilians including a mad woman.
A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.
Two of the attackers were also killed just as two of their vehicles were seized.
This was even as the state police command announced the arrest of over 30 suspects over alleged possession of Indian hemp and illeagl arms in the state.
However, an eyewitness said the gunmen struck at the area late last night and attacked a military checkpoint which led to the death of a soldier and two civilians who were caught in cross fire.
“The attackers came in a large convoy and launched attack on the military checkpoint with the intention of routing them before proceeding to the town,’’ sources said.
But parading the suspects before newsmen in Yola, yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, John Abakasanga, said the arrests were made during intensive raids carried out at both Yola and Jimeta.
He expressed concern over the way Indian hemp was being sold openly in some major areas in Yola and Jimeta towns and assured that criminals would no longer have hiding places in the state.
Similarly, he said three suspects were arrested over unlawful possession of arms and ammunition and fake currency (Naira) notes at Ganye town in Ganye Local Government Area, pointing out that all the suspects had confessed their involvement in the crime.