Many have been displaced in Gubio, a town in Borno State, following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
Sources said the insurgents invaded the town around 5pm on Wednesday, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.
A soldier from the army’s 5 brigade stationed in Damasak told TheCable that the insurgents have been around Gubio communities for at least three months as a result of the relocation of the brigade headquarters from the town.
“There is no soldier in Gubio, and that is why those guys moved in. They burnt the INEC office and some other houses,” he said.
“As I am speaking, troops have been reinforced from the brigade and now in face-off with the insurgents.”
Jack Vince, a journalist resident in Maiduguri, corroborated the account of the soldier, saying the area had been without military presence for a while.
“For about two weeks now no military post from Damasak on the border with Niger Republic to my community in Maiduguri, Magumeri, Kareto, Gubio and so on,” he said.
“Gubio was dislodged, soldiers ran to Damasak and Maiduguri leaving that wide expanse of land unguarded.”
The army spokesman has yet to release a statement regarding the latest attack.