By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Ngurokayya hamlet in Yobe State’s Geidam Local Government Area has reportedly been attacked by gunmen who are assumed to be Boko Haram militants.
The exact number of casualties reported is still unknown because the specifics are still hazy.
In a post on his verified Facebook page, Dr. Mohammed Goje, the Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), acknowledged the attack on the hamlet.
“Suspected NSAGs members attacked a border community, one village named Ngurokayya in Kusur Damakarwa Ward in Geidam LGA.
“Ngurokayya is about 10 kilometres to Gumsa. Lives were lost with some sustaining degree of injuries, and they set town ablaze and there were report is received of people fleeing out of the town to safer location”, he posted.
He claimed that security services are well aware of the situation and that things are returning to normal.
“While assessment is ongoing across affected locations, the Yobe State Government’s delegation, SEMA, and LGA team are already mobilized to provide necessary first line support of food basket, NFIs, and some basic consumables as well as ensure women and children are safe and prioritized,” he continued.
He expressed his sympathises to the people of Ngurokayya, the Geidam LGA, and all the victims of the incident.
Some locals speculated that the attack might be retaliation for the 159 Battalion’s recent killing of two roving Boko Haram rebels in Geidam.