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Obasanjo's Son Attacked By Boko Haram

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Adeboye Olusegun, the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was shot by the Boko Haram insurgents yesterday.

He is an army engineer and a Lieutenant Colonel at the 3rd division in Jos, Plateau State.

It was reported that Adeboye led his platoon in a battle against the Boko Haram militants at Baza, which is the village of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 3rd division. The Lieutenant Agwu of the 234 battalion, GOC of the third division, Major General JS Zaruwa and Colonel Victor Ebhaleme who serves as the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Army Brigade in Yola were all together advancing towards Michika when Boko Haram fighters unleashed the deadly attack on the soldiers.

It was reported that Lt-Col Adeboye Olusegun was shot in the leg by the militants during the fight. He is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed military facility for security reasons. It was reported that Adeboye was shot in a battle to regain Michika from the Islamic sect. During the Nigerian civil war, Adeboye's father commanded the Army's 3 Commando Divisions that took Owerri, effectively bringing the civil war to an end.

The insurgents, who overran Michika and Uba on Sunday had on Saturday taken over Gulak, Bama, and Gwoza in Borno State. Reportedly, the battle, which continued on Monday has forced more residents to flee to Yola.

it was learnt that more troops and tanks were deployed from the military formation in Yola to complement the efforts of those battling to recapture Michika from the insurgents. A source said that another set of troops deployed from military formations within Adamawa state and other parts of the North-east successfully took over Gulak from the insurgents.

24 soldiers in the platoon were reportedly killed in the battle with the militants. The army also lost an armored tank to the militants. As a result of the attack, the army moved sensitive weapons from Mubi to the brigade headquarters in Yola, leaving Mubi vulnerable to attack. The town of Mubi has virtually been deserted following the massive retreat of soldiers from the city, as well as the closure of schools.

It has been reported that the Air Force is carrying out aerial bombardment of the hideouts of the insurgents while foot soldiers attack their locations.

The PUNCH newspaper learnt that, because of the desperation of residents and the rush to leave the affected areas, there is a sharp increase in transport fare. For instance, a ajourney from Mubi to Yola which was supposed to be about N1,000 is now as high as N3,500.

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar said the recent declaration of an Islamic caliphate by Boko Haram must be stopped. He expressed worry concerning the speed with which the insurgents are taking over towns and cities, even in places that have heavy security. He noted that ceding any part of the country to the Boko Haram would negatively affect the growth and development of the nation.

"While we appreciate the commitment of Nigeria's security agencies, particularly the Armed Forces, to the battle against insurgency in Nigeria, we strongly warn that the consequence of allowing any part of the country to be forcefully seized by any group will be overwhelmingly harmful to our collective unity and socio-economic advancement, just as it would also endanger the growth of democracy", he said.

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