Tension in Mubi as search for terrorists intensifies

Residents of Mubi, Adamawa State are reeling from the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew as security agents comb the town and surrounding locations for terrorists believed to be hiding in the area. A security agent and several residents told SaharaReporters that the restrictions imposed on residents of the area are similar to those recently put in place in Yobe State.

Mubi is one of the suspected hiding spots for Islamist extremists whose bomb attacks on churches, public places and Northern bureaucrats as well as political figures have besieged Nigeria’s north-east region.

A source who is a security agent disclosed that Mubi had been plagued by serial killings in the past one week. “These killings and other nefarious activities imminently prove that some terrorists are indeed hiding out in the area,” said the source.

He revealed that security agents received intelligence reports that necessitated the current sweeping search operations in the area. One resident of Mubi reported that sporadic gunshots were heard in the town, forcing people to remain home. Another resident described a frenzied atmosphere in the town, adding that he and his neighbors steered clear of streets for fear of the unknown.

Neither the state government nor the military command has issued an official statement disclosing the reasons for the curfew.

Frightened residents told SaharaReporters that their fear was compounded by the lack of effective mobile phone services in the area. They reported that they experienced poor service by Nigeria’s three major telecommunication service providers – MTN, Glo and Airtel.

A trapped resident of Mubi, who identified himself as Ahmed Ibrahim Sajo, sent a distress message to a social network forum. The message read: “Thank God we have seen the end of today, but there was a lot of shooting inside the town and we dare not venture go out to find out what is happening. Dear all please pray for us in Mubi Adamawa State.

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