Yola: Residents scamper for safety as soldiers shoot indiscriminately


Residents of Yola, the Adamawa State capital, on Monday ran for their lives when soldiers on re-enforcement to the troubled Michika and Madagali local government areas of state took them unawares, shooting sporadically thereby causing panic along Yola-Jimeta road.

The incident, it was gathered occurred some kilometers away from the Federal College of Education, Yola, where students and other concern citizens were seen scampering in different directions to escape being hit by stray bullet.

Students of the Federal College of Education were the worst hit as they thought that the Boko Haram insurgents that attacked the College of Education in Kano last week were in their school for another attack.

As the students ran helter shelter, news spread that the FCE Yola was under attack, which created pandemonium in other neighbouring areas.

This was heightened by the recent attack of the insurgents on FCE, Kano, which led to the loss of several lives, one of the student told newsmen, “We have to run for our lives, fearing that Boko Haram are again on the loose.”

According to an eyewitness, several people were injured while scampering for their lives, particularly female students that going to the college.

Another victim, Mallam Abdullahi, said he was about to board a bus when he heard the sporadic shootings into the air.

He narrated that people started panicking  and in the process several people were injured.

Another eyewitness said the shootings also caused traffic gridlock with vehicles ramming into each other, while several motorists were also injured.

Public Relations Officer of FCE, Yola, Mallam Bashir Abdullahi, said the shootings were not in the college but in a nearby street
leading to the Barracks.



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