The former President of Nigeria Olesugun Obasango‘s son, Lt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo (pictured below), was reportedly wounded in battle as he and his army fought against Islamic terrorists Boko Haram, who have managed to add two more towns to their ever-expanding caliphate, according to the BBC.
While Boko Haram attacked his platoon in Michika, Lt. Col. Obasango was shot as Nigeria’s military reportedly waged a vicious aerial attack above. In addition, two other officers and three soldiers were wounded in the attack.
And while Lt. Col. Obasango is said to be in stable condition at a hospital, the town that he and his soldiers were fighting to defend was reportedly taken by the terrorists.
Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram has captured the key north-eastern town of Michika, residents say, gaining more territory in its efforts to create an Islamic state.
Residents told the BBC that Boko Haram fighters entered Michika on Sunday in a convoy of vehicles.
A military jet circled over the town, causing the militants to hide in people’s homes, they said.
“There was confusion as people ran into the bush fleeing gunfire, residents added.”
This newest added territory, a key trading town in Adamawa state, is now the 10th town taken over by Boko Haram.
Last week, the insurgents made headlines when they claimed the area of Bama.
While reports indicated that Bama, which had a population of 270,000, had been overtaken by the militants early in the week, Borno State Governor Zannah Umar Mustapha initially denied that claim, saying government forces were still actively involved in defending the area.
By Tuesday, though, Boko Haram reportedly reappeared with “reinforcements,” effectively displacing 26,391 people, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
But just days later, they would also take over the small town of Gulak.
These ongoing possessions have caused a credible fear that Boko Haram will take over the main capital of Maiduguri, which has served as a refuge for displaced residents who have already experienced the worst.
Concern is mounting that the group plans to target Maiduguri, capital of neighbouring Borno state, says the BBC Hausa Service’s Bilikisu Babangida.
Thousands of people who have fled towns and villages captured by Boko Haram are taking refuge in the city, which has a population of about two million.