Boko Haram shoots Obasanjo’s son, kills 24 soldiers

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s son, Adeboye,  was Monday shot in an attack by Boko Haram in Baza in Adamawa State.Vanguard online reported that the younger Obasanjo, a lieutenant colonel, suffered the injury when Boko Haram militants attacked the platoon that he led.Twenty four soldiers were killed in the shoot out.Obasanjo, an army engineer at the 3rd Division, Jos, Plateau State sustained gun shot wounds to the leg.At the time of the incident, Major Gen JS Zaruwa, Colonel Victor Ebhaleme who serves as the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Army Brigade in Yola and Lieutenant Agwu were all together advancing towards Michika when Boko Haram fighters ambushed them and unleashed the deadly attack on the soldiers.
According to reports, the army also lost an armoured tank to the militants.
News of the shooting of Obasanjo’s son overshadowed the recapture by Nigerian troops of  the flashpoint town of Bama in northeast Borno state from Boko Haram.
The army also reportedly blocked the Islamist militants’ advance towards the state capital Maiduguri.
A military source told Reuters that government forces are also fighting a southwards push into neighbouring Adamawa state by the group, which has recently departed from its usual hit-and-run tactics and started to seize towns and territory.
The government source, who asked not to be named, said Boko Haram fighters had been driven from Bama, 70 km (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri. Government warplanes have bombed and strafed the militants after they stormed Bama last week.
“Bama has been recaptured by the soldiers and I can confirm to you Maiduguri is safe,” the official in Abuja told Reuters.
A market trader from Bama, Babagana Modu, also confirmed that soldiers were in control of the town, as government planes struck at Boko Haram positions in the surrounding area.
Thousands of civilians have fled the recent offensive by the Sunni jihadist movement, which has killed thousands in its five-year-old insurgency in the northeast of Africa’s No. 1 oil producer.
It is now believed to be trying to mimic the example of Islamic State (IS), which has announced the creation of its own caliphate covering parts of Syria and Iraq.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau last month declared a “Muslim territory” after capturing Gwoza on the Cameroon border.
In addition to the fighting in Borno state, another Boko Haram column over the weekend pushed southwards into neighbouring Adamawa state, overrunning one town, Gulak, and attacking at least one more, Michika.
Locals reported the raiders were burning Christian churches, police stations and government offices as they went.
Nigeria’s military had deployed reinforcements to Adamawa state to confront this threat, and was setting up roadblocks and positions around Mubi to prevent the militants from advancing further south, the government official in Abuja said.
Many local residents were fleeing to Yola, the Adamawa state capital, or to Gombe city in neighbouring Gombe state.


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