On Sunday residents of Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State, could not hold Eid prayers as majority of the people spent the night in the bush and nearby villages over fears that Boko Haram may attack the town again.
People from a nearby village hinted that Boko Haram militants in a convoy of 11 Hilux vehicles and heavily armed were approaching Dapchi but suddenly changed direction and took the road towards Gumsa.
A resident told SaharaReporters that at the moment Dapchi was almost empty as only a few people remain in the town, which was also attacked six days ago by Boko Haram.
“Town is empty now, all of the people have run yesterday into the bush. Some returned this morning but news of sighting Boko Haram in nearby village created fresh panic and people fled again.
“Today is supposed to be Sallah (Eid) day of happiness but we are here running for our lives, fleeing danger. No one is even talking about Sallah celebrations,” a resident said.