The Islamic State-backed Boko Haram group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), razed a military formation in Kwamdi village, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, on Tuesday.
The incident comes only two days before President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned visit to the state, which is the epicenter of Nigeria’s insurgency fight.
Buhari promised to defeat Boko Haram before his victory in 2015, but that promise has yet to be fulfilled six years later.
Residents of the state booed the President as his convoy went into and out of Maiduguri, the state capital, during a condolence visit in February 2020.
Residents could be heard yelling in Hausa. “Bama so, ka samu a kunya,” says the narrator. “We don’t want you since you have disappointed us,” it means.
The President will visit Borno for the first time since the February 2020 crisis on Thursday.
According to the Daily Trust, Boko Haram militants overran a military formation in the state’s southern region on Tuesday evening and carted away military weaponry after a gunfight.
Ten utility vehicles were claimed to have assaulted the location, burning down one Ammour Personal Carrier (APC) and a weapons truck.
The lethal group attacked troops camp but not inhabitants, according to Hamidu Abu, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).
He went on to say that the base was destroyed since the invaders seized various items.
“They arrived at 4 p.m., and soldiers found it impossible to oppose them due to the sand storms. They set fire to the base, which included an APC and four other vehicles.
“I’m not sure whether there was any sort of causality figure,” Abu remarked.