Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday set Takulashi village in Shikarkir ward, Chibok local government ablaze destroying houses and killing over 11 persons
A military source told TheCable that the Nigerian Air Force that was called to intervene and repel the attack refused to go for rescue, making it possible for the insurgents to carry out killings and massive destruction.
Sources disclosed the insurgents had killed over 11 persons before the Nigerian Army’s 28 task force brigade headquartered in Chibok sluggishly made an attempt to repel the attack.
“The insurgents came with six-gun trucks, three other vehicles and some heavy weapons. They had also killed some vigilantes who first engaged them and had collected their Hilux vehicle,” a source said.
“When they came in, the head of the vigilantes immediately called the army brigade. From the information he gave, the army brigade started calling the air force for air support as soldiers from the 117 battalions under the brigade were mobilized to advance to the area.
“Unfortunately, there was no response from the air force. The whole village was brought to ashes, and after about an hour of gunshot exchange with troops, the insurgents left.”
Another source said the insurgents who came in large numbers would have been dealt with “if air support came on time. One or two airstrikes would have decimated them.”
Many of the residents scampered into the bush while some trekked to Chibok about 15 kilometres away from the community.
When contacted, Mr. Ibikunle Daramola, spokesperson of the air force, declined comment, directing that defence headquarters be contacted.
Attempt to reach Mr. John Enenche, coordinator of the defence media operations, were unsuccessful as he did neither pick nor return his calls.