Boko Haram Fights Back: Abducts Local Government Chairman

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

Things seem to be finally falling apart and only serious measures can make the center hold. It has been confirmed that the Vice Chairman of Hong Local Government, Bijida Yakubu, was abducted by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram.

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“The issue of security and insurgence thrives even as the federal government has laid everything down to ensure that there is an end to the alarming and disturbing situation,” a concerned citizen complained.

The incident was confirmed by Othman Abubakar, who explained to the Police that three vigilante members who were with Mr. Yakubu lost their lives in the encounter and seven of the attackers were killed in the tussle.

The eyewitness who could not give detailed report of the abduction was however sure that the police officers investigating the incident have so far recovered the vice chairman’s shoes which were apparently abandoned as he was being taken away.

“They found his shoes in the bush, but we do not know if Alhaji is still alive,” the eyewitness recounted.

A resident of Hong who simply identified himself as Hussaini revealed that the incident occurred in Gayafa Village of the area.

He said: “You know, insurgents attacked the village last week. The vice chairman who is from the village was on an assessment visit with some hunters when the insurgents attacked and over-powered them.

“About seven insurgents were killed in the encounter before they over-powered hunters and took away the vice chairman.”

Mr. Hussaini claimed that while the abducted vice chairman was taken away, he was given the chance to make a single call, which the frightened hostage quickly placed to his wife with his cell phone before the device was switched off.

The Chairman of Adamawa branch of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Sahabo Gurin, also confirmed the incident. Adamawa is one of the three states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The insurgency has caused the death of about 20,000 people in northern Nigeria with hundreds of thousands of others displaced.

The Nigerian military recently began a major offensive against Boko Haram reclaiming some of the territories initially seized by the insurgents.

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