Following Wednesday’s attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Mubi, the economic nerve center of Adamawa State and the subsequent attacks on Thursday, reports said yesterday that the house of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has been burnt down.
Also destroyed was the hospital/clinic which the CDS built in memory of his late mother some years ago which had not only served the people of Vimtim but also provided first aid Medicare for wounded soldiers prosecuting the battle to dislodge terrorists from the North East.
A security source who made the disclosure to Saturday Vanguard yesterday, noted that on entering Vimtim, the primary target of the terrorists’ was the house of the CDS, adding that when they located the home of the Chief of Defence Staff, they were over heard, shouting, ‘bring out the family of Badeh for slaughter, search the whole house, do not let any of them escape’.
However, no member of his family was in the house when the attackers arrived.
Also, a son of the Emir of Mubi who was said to have relocated to Vimtim in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on their palace was said to have been recognized and killed by the terrorists.
Lamenting the shocking development, the source said investigations have now revealed that many supposed residents or visitors into Mubi in the last four days before the attack were Boko Haram members who infiltrated the town on the pretext of being traders or family relations running from the terrorists attacks in other places.
“What really caused the pandemonium and panic that assisted the terrorist gain a upper hand was that as soldiers were in the frontlines marked out to repel the sect members coming from Uba axis in Borno, bombs and gunfire attack was coming from inside Mubi and communities which resulted in confusion”, the source said.
Asked how this was possible, the source said tales of some of the people that escaped the attack show that many of them were told that they should not say their prayers in the town that day as it may be the last day they say such prayers in that town. They however failed to alert security agencies with such information until the deed was done.
On the next line of action, the source only said that security forces were not resting on their oars.
Meanwhile, several attempts to get the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade to speak on the attacks proved abortive as he did not pick phone calls nor reply to text messages.