Christmas Day evening for some officials of the Nigerian Army at Moloi area of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, was more of war and battle to stay alive, as suspected members of Boko Haram attacked.

Residents were startled with gun shots they heard, as the suspected terrorists tried to penetrate the community.

Their safety was of grate concern to them, as hundreds of the villages fled their homes to Maiduguri metropolis.

On Tuesday, most of them began the journey back to their residence, after military assured them that Moloi was safe.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that hundreds of villagers, who fled the area in the wake of attack, had returned to their homes.

Moloi is about five kilometres away from Maiduguri, located on Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu High way.


The residents are mostly engaged in crop and livestock production.

Witnesses said a group of insurgents, moving on gun trucks, attacked the military post.

Mrs Yaana Idris, a mother of three, said she was terrified by the insurgents who detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and shot sporadically in the area.

“My children were playing outside when I had the explosion, followed by serious gunshots and then people shouting Boko Haram, Boko Haram.

“My home is few metres away from the main road. I hurriedly gathered my kids and moved towards the town.

“There was chaos and people were running towards Maiduguri from all directions,” she said.

Idris spent the night with her relatives in Maiduguri, but on Tuesday, her husband asked her to return home as normalcy returned.

Amin Modu, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), added that most of the people who fled the area had returned home.

“The insurgents escaped after their failed attempt to attack the military post; a truck and insurgents’ motorcycles were vandalised in the attack.

“One person in the village was killed by stray bullet,” Modu alleged.

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However, the military command said that its troops repelled the attack.

Major General Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said that no live was lost among the troops.

Nicholas disclosed that the troops, with air support, are pursuing the fleeing insurgents.