The Nigerian army revealed that the feared Boko Haram militants now disguise as vigilantes and hunters to carry out attacks on innocent members of the public. This was disclosed by the Nigerian defence headquarters in a statement issued on Monday, June 27.
Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, the defence spokesman said the insurgents were adopting this strategy to evade easy detection, The Cable reports. Read the statement below…
“Following the coordinated military offensive against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, the fleeing terrorists now disguise as vigilantes or hunters to evade easy detection.
“The terrorists, after been smoked out of Sambisa forest, in their desperation to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerians and to remain relevant, devised a new tactics of dressing like vigilantes or hunters to deceive unsuspecting members of the public of their true identity.
“The case of Kuda-Kaya village in Madagali community of Adamawa state where a group of Boko Haram terrorists, dressed like vigilantes, opened fire on elated people during a ceremony readily comes to mind.”
The defence spokesman warns the public to be security-conscious at all times and also report any suspicious persons or group of persons in their community to security agencies.
He also advised that people beware of unsubscribed services or presence of vigilantes or hunters in their neighbourhood in order not to ignorantly harbour killer gangs in their midst. Earlier, the Nigerian military listed areas of achievements in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the north-eastern region. It listed one of its achievements to include clearing operation to Yajiwa in Alagarno Forest.