MEMBERS of a vigilance group in Madagali, a town in Adamawa State, have reportedly killed more than 70 Boko Haram members and handed over seven others to the police.
An online news medium, SharaReporters, reported on Friday that the vigilance group acted after they were tipped off by a local food vendor that the militants were coming to get food before heading out for a major operation to raid villages in the area, usually carried out at night.
The report, however, could not be confirmed from official sources as of press time on Friday.
The vigilance group reportedly mobilised and laid ambush for the militants, a source in the village disclosed.
According to the source, as soon as the insurgents, numbering more than 100, showed up in the village to pick up their favourite meals, the vigilance group attacked them, killing most of them in a hail of bullets.
Friday’s attack was the second time this week that local vigilantes had defeated the rampaging militants. The first time was three days ago when well-armed vigilantes in Kalabalge, Borno State, ambushed a squad of Boko Haram militants.
A security source told SaharaReporters that Nigerians resident in many remote areas of the the North-East seemed to have decided that the best way to repel incessant attacks by murderous gangs of Boko Haram insurgents was to take their destiny in their hands.
A member of the vigilanc group involved in Friday’s ambush told Saturday Tribune that Nigerian soldiers appeared unable or unwilling to wage an effective war against the insurgents.
“They (soldiers) seem to be helpless and to fear the Boko Haram warriors who terrorise us here. But we are not afraid. They are men like us, and we are tired of folding our arms and allowing them to kill us, our wives and our children,” he said.