Residents of Jiddari Polo in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital were attacked yesterday by Boko Haram insurgents.
The attack happened a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari paid a condolence visit to the people of the state over the killing of 30 persons by the insurgents at Auno village on Sunday.
Sporadic shooting by the terrorists sent many residents of the city scampering for safety. However, the insurgents were soon overpowered by the superior fire power of troops from the Nigerian Army.
Buhari had headed directly to Borno from Ethiopia where he attended the African Union summit.
Speaking at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, the president said Boko Haram could not thrive without local support.
“This Boko Haram or whatever they are, cannot come up to Maiduguri or environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas. So with my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up till now,” he had said.
The President however assured the people that more proactive and decisive measures would be taken by the Federal Government to put an end to the Boko Haram menace once and for all.
Boko Haram has continue to thrive in Northern Nigeria despite the government’s effort to exterminate the terrorist organisation.