Rampaging Boko Haram insurgents, on Saturday, made an incursion into Kirchinga, in Adamawa State. Kirchinga is the hometown of the Acting Governor Umar Fintiri. Residents in neighbouring towns of Madagali, Gulak and Michika and its surroundings were reported to have fled their homes after the federal troops, on Friday, failed to retake the Madagali town captured by the insurgents last August. Some media reports quote residents as saying that the fear-striken residents escaped into the Mubi mountains to avoid the escalating violence by the insurgents. From their accounts Gulak town, which is the headquarters of Madagali local government (municipality) have fallen into the hands of the Islamic fundamentalists fighters. Before surrendering the beleaguered town to the overpowering insurgents, Nigerian soldiers were reported to have sporadically fired into the air in tactical retreat. A refugee situation was said to have been created in Mubi after fleeing residents of Michika, Gulak and Madagali poured into the town, which itself previously suffered deadly attacks from Boko Haram fighters.
Defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade has not reacted to the purported territorial advances of the deadly sect. Concerns are mounting over the capability of the federal troops to overpower the insurgents successfully. The United States last week said it was bothered about the advancement of the sect, which pronounced another conquered territory, Gworza, a caliphate.