Community leaders in Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas of Adamawa State have alleged plans to stop them from voting at home by the recent resurgence of Boko Haram activities in their area, saying “those behind the plans to rig are the actual Boko Haram”.
Boko Haram struck on Monday in Kirshinga and Shuwa towns in a bid to recapture territories they once occupied, spanning seven local governments from Madagali to Gombi.
In July 2014, Boko Haram occupied Madagali, Michika, Mubi North and South, Maiha, Hong and Gombi local government areas for several months before troops dislodged them in December of that year.
This latest attack, which started in Kirahinga and Shuwa, sparked fear, prompting residents of neighboring Michika and Bazza towns to evacuate in order to safeguard their liberty.
But the Nigerian Army, with the support of local vigilante groups, were able to limit the attack in Shuwa, forcing the insurgents to make a u-turn to their Sambisa enclave. SaharaReporters can report that despite the presence of heavily-armed troops in Kirshinga, Shuwa, Madagali, Michika and Bazza towns, residents of the area are still on the run.
Correspondents just back from Shuwa observed that Kirshinga village has been sacked, just as very few people were sighted in Shuwa town.
Nonetheless, few community leaders in the two local governments have bonded to stay home throughout the election period.
Suleiman Duhu, Administrator of Shuwa Development Area, revealed that : “This whole area was evacuated Monday night, but we're back and we'll vote at home.
"We understand that some people are behind these shenanigans; their plan is to create insecurity around this area so as to compel INEC to move the election to Yola, so they can rig again.
"Those behind the plans to rig are the actual Boko Haram! But, I bet you, make no mistake, we're resolute, we'll resist them. They cannot defeat us because God is on our side.”