Monguno residents saw Helicopters dropping Arms and Food for Boko Haram

February 1, 2015 6:52 pm

Displaced residents of Monguno, in , which was recently taken
over by , have said they saw helicopters dropping arms and
food items for the insurgents in the tick bushes.

The Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs), who said they spent about 48 hours in the bush
running towards the city of Maiduguri, expressed worry that the Boko
Haram sect was not the only ones involved in the insurgency, but that
there are many foreign fighters and some external supports.

Leader
of the Vigilante Group in Monguno, Muhammed Sani, said he had,
on several occasions, spotted unusual delivery of items in big wooden
boxes by air, and sacks being dropped in the bushes around Marte and
Monguno where Boko Haram were camped.

“Even during the attack on Monguno, there was an aircraft that came but
did not do anything, not even dropping a single bomb before it left;
then another one later came around the Monguno barracks and we saw four
men alighting from the aircraft, using a rope. The aircraft left, but we
doubt if they were soldiers…“Even before then, some of my colleagues and I
have been sighting helicopters dropping items in sacks and some in boxes
to them at the camp of Boko Haram near Chikungudu and Kwalaram
villages. Many helicopters came to drop items packed in boxes and sacks
to the Boko Haram insurgents at a bush camp between Monguno and Marte;
then we would see the Boko Haram gunmen rushing to the spot to pick the
dropped items,” he stated.

The displaced vigilante officials said those that attacked Monguno comprised hundreds of foreigners who looked like Chadians.

“Many
of them looked like Chadian Arabs – they were light-skinned with coiled
hair, and there were many young men from Monguno – who Boko Haram had
abducted when Nganzai was attacked last year – that were now active
members of the sect.

“While Boko Haram members that are former
youths of Monguno were leading other insurgents to attack Monguno town,
the foreigners were the ones engaging soldiers near the barracks,” he
explained.

Sani, who said he had lived in Monguno for the past 20
years, said he fled amidst the hail of bullets when the terrorists
became irritated by his anti-bullet charms that rendered bullets
ineffective.

He claimed that his shirt and trousers were riddled by bullets, yet he remained unhurt.
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