Fighters suspected to be members of the Islamic State for West African Province, ISWAP, on Monday evening attacked the Nigerian Army University campus for Security and Strategic Studies in Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
It was gathered that two employees of the university were killed by the insurgents.
Speaking with residents and staff members of the university on Wednesday, it was leant that the insurgents overran the soldiers guarding the campus, who after exhausting their bullets reportedly took to their heels.
“It is very unfortunate. We lost two of our staff. The soldiers ran away after they have tried to stop them. Despite what looks like a good security presence we are shocked that these elements can still have the guts of taking the soldiers heads on. We are shocked, worried and pained by this development. Nothing seemed to be right now for me before I saw this with my eyes and narrowly escaped.
“We have been hearing of it. And the Army and government have told us time and time that these bad elements have been degraded. For me, this is an insult to Nigerians. From what I saw nothing has been done to explain how degraded these Insurgents have been as alleged. I cannot speak of others outside the Campus but I know we lost two staff here and this is enough to cry out loud,” a staffer who did not want his name mentioned revealed.
The two victims of the attack were buried yesterday. The insurgents also burnt cars and offices.
A relation of one of the victims, Mohammed Usman, said he would have been a victim but could not explain how he escaped the attack.
“We were going to meet him (my late cousin) when suddenly we came right in the crossfire at the entrance of the campus. I don’t know how I escape. I saw myself running into one of the residences in town how it happened I cannot say. It was yesterday morning after the insurgents have left that we went back and we discover this cousin of ours was killed during the attack,” he said.
Also, Galadima Gaji, a resident of Buratai town, told DAILY POST that it was horrifying when the insurgents came. According to him, they attacked everything on their way and rode back into the forest.
“It is true that the Boko Haram attacked Buratai town. They were specific on the military institution but still they touch on some parts of the town. They killed three people that I know in town aside from the two university staff, who were buried yesterday,” Gaji said.