by Dayo Laniyan
The Liman Kara police college, a riot police training academy in Borno state in Northern Nigeria has been seized by Boko Haram militants, according to witnesses.
The attack was confirmed by a police spokesman and a senior security source said that it had not been possible to communicate with the academy since Wednesday.
The Liman Kara police college is situated near Gwoza, a town that was taken over by Boko Haram this month since being pushed out of their bases in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Since then, they have been raiding substantial towns and villages in a bid for territory.
Despite the threat, attempts by the security forces to retake Gwoza have failed, with a group of 40 soldiers refusing to fight on the grounds that they are ill-equipped to take on the armed insurgents, a situation made worse by the possibility that there may have been weapons in the captured police college.