No fewer than 80 members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect were said to
have been killed on Tuesday by local hunters in Mahia area of Adamawa
It was learnt from one of the local hunters, who was part of the team
that engaged the terrorist group in a fierce battle, that they were
angered by Monday’s attack on their town, deciding to move against the
The local hunters, who spoke on condition of anonymity to our
correspondent on Wednesday, said they mobilised local hunters from
surrounding towns to engage the insurgents and they were successful in
recapturing their town.
He said, “We fought gallantly, killed 80 members of the insurgents and
recaptured Mahia Local Government headquarters (from their control).”
He boasted that if given the chance by the military authorities, the
hunters would have dispersed the insurgents from all the captured areas
of Adamawa and beyond.
He said, “The military kept telling us that we cannot be allowed to go
after the insurgents since we are not legally constituted.
“We can only appeal to the military authorities to scrutinise us and
authorise us to face the Boko Haram insurgents in a battle which I
believed we will defeat the insurgents and regain our land.
“If the military can authorise us and give us back-ups, we will wipe out
the insurgents because we know their hideouts and if it is juju (local
charms), we will match them it.
“Boko Haram fear us because they know what we can do. Let the military
leave us with Boko Haram and see what is going to happen. We took
advantage of the fact that the soldiers have fled the area and used the
opportunity to kill and chase some of the insurgents out of Mahia.”