Boko Haram Renames Mubi

The dreaded Boko Haram sect is consolidating its position in the captured commercial town of Mubi in Adamawa by reportedly renaming it “Madinatul Islam,” meaning ‘the city of Islam’. A resident, Aliyu Bala, who could not leave Mubi at the time of the invasion in a telephone chat with journalists said the insurgents had completely taken over control of the town. “They mounted checkpoints and surveillance at strategic locations, brandishing rifles, but asking us not to panic or run away,”Bala said.

Sunday Wugira, a Yola-based lawyer, who went to Maiha town to pick his aged parents, who fled Mubi when it was captured, said, “I was in Maiha a few hours ago, the plight of the people I saw was simply beyond imagination. We were in a commercial bus when some fleeing soldiers said we must adjust for them to get space in the bus to flee, which we objected to. It is unfortunate that even soldiers joined civilians to flee.” Meanwhile, 4 local governments— Michika, Madagali, Mubi North and Mubi South of Adamawa State, have fallen under the grip of the Boko Haram, leading to the displacement of thousands of residents.