By Yahaya WAKILI, Maiduguri
Residents of surrounding villages across Maiduguri, the Borno state capital have continued to flee their homes since the attack last Sunday on Ali Dawari village by Boko Haram militants, who killed about 27 people in the village.
Many residents of Dalwa, Jakkana and villages around MAFA and Konduga have also join in the search for safe heaven.
Worried by the situation, Governor Kashim Shettima pleaded with the villagers not to flee their homes particularly now that government is planning to ensure more security of life and property around the surrounding villages.
Speaking with residents of Ali Dawari, where hundreds of residents have stormed Maiduguri, governor Kashim Shettima said it is the responsibility of government to protect their lives and property.
“You should not flee, I beg of you, we will do everything possible to protect your lives and property, I came with the garrison commander, deputy commissioner of police and commanders of Civilian JTF. I assured you they are going to deploy more personnel to the village and right now your village will be surrounded with ditches.”
Speaking earlier, the village head of Ali Dawari, Bulama Mallam, told the governor that 16 males and 11 females were slaughtered in the village while others who sustained injuries were hospitalized at state Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.
He said: “As the governor has assured of more security and with the immediate digging of the ditches to surround our village, we will stay back, as most of our people don’t have any other place to go.”