Humanitarian workers providing aid to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are currently trapped as insurgents launch an attack on Dikwa.
The insurgents are members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group.
This attack is coming days after the Nigerian Army Chief visited the military’s super camp in the area. Dikwa is located about 90 kilometres east of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Northeast Nigeria.
The security situation is fluid and developing as firearms sounds can be heard while the military, backed by air support, battles the insurgents.
This is at least the third attack by ISWAP targeting Dikwa in 2021. During the previous attack, insurgents told locals they would return on Feb. 28.
The incident also trails the recent visit of Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum to Dikwa to supervise the distribution of humanitarian assistance packages to households.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the estimated Dikwa Local Government population is 113,902, including 75,470 internally displaced persons.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) report covering Feb. 15 to Feb. 21, almost 3,380 people arrived in Dikwa from Marte local government area following the dislodgement of the military base in New Marte.
However, the town was recaptured after an advance by Nigerian troops backed by air support following the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru’s visit to Super Camp 9 in Dikwa where he charged troops to move into Marte.