Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly attacked Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State and abducted at least seven aid workers.
1st News gathered that the Boko Haram terrorists attacked Monday night, March 1; burning the offices of the aid workers, destroyed government facilities, and hospitals belonging to NGOs.
An eyewitness revealed that the insurgents stormed the town at 5:30pm on Monday evening, and have since been in control of the town.
The eyewitness said troops have been battling to dislodge the town throughout the night.
Reinforcement from Ajiri town was ambushed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the early hours of Tuesday; which slowed every attempt to engage the Boko Haram insurgents when they struck.
Some aid workers narrated how the insurgents set buildings ablaze and health facilities belonging to humanitarian workers.
The attack is coming 24 hours after the state governor Babagana Zulum returned from a trip after spending three nights in Dikwa.
Zulum left Maiduguri on Wednesday, a day after Marte was liberated, and proceeded to Dikwa where he stayed till Saturday, proceeded to Ngala, and returned to Maiduguri on Sunday.
Eyewitness stuck in Dikwa revealed that the insurgents mounted a checkpoint at the exit, preventing people from fleeing to Maiduguri.
The Chief of Army staff had recently visited the headquarters of the Army Super Camp 9 located in Dikwa, where he gave troops a 48-hour ultimatum to clear insurgents from neighboring Marte local government.
At least 35,000 people had fled Marte to Dikwa when the insurgents attacked.
Meanwhile, a political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi has decried the growing ethnic conflict in Nigeria; saying it is the bane of development.
Utomi said this when he made a remark at the launch of an autobiography of Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP -Abia) in Abuja on Monday, March 1.
“Our country is challenged in many ways; but more importantly, it is the challenge of the collapse of character in public life; the crisis of our country is the crisis of lost character.
“It seems somehow that we are lost in the world of tribes in Nigeria,” he said.