Corpses litter Maiduguri as Boko Haram, soldiers kill 29 in two days

Boko Haram  members
Boko Haram members

Some Maiduguri Youth have formed anti-Boko Haram vigilante.

At least 16 suspected Boko Haram members were killed in separate incidents by security personnel in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in the last 48 hours; while the sect’s members allegedly shot dead 13 civilians in the troubled city, sources said.

PREMIUM TIMES reporter on Saturday saw decomposing corpses of eight people, believed to be members of the Boko Haram. The corpses were dumped in a ditch near Biu road bridge of Maiduguri even as residents of the area said the victims died on the spot after a shootout between them and soldiers at about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

A security operative who doesn’t want to be named because he was not permitted to speak to the press told PREMIUM TIMES that “among the eight corpses were three teenagers who were arrested with arms earlier on Thursday and they led soldiers of the JTF to the five others who usually send them on kill operations.”

The source added that the five persons resisted arrest by firing on soldiers who gunned them down and dropped their corpses in the ditch.

Barely 24 hours later, another set of eight suspected Boko Haram gunmen were on Friday shot dead after they opened fire and killed 13 innocent civilians among which was a middle aged woman popularly known as Hajia Ummu and her 70-year-old mother.

“The Boko Haram gunmen slipped through several security check posts by carrying their guns in a coffin covered with white clothe. When they got to Shehu street, they immediately brought out their guns from the coffin and began shooting sporadically; they continued shooting until they ran out of ammunition. Then some courageous youth rounded them up and handed them over to the soldiers, who shot them dead as they attempted to escape,” a witness, Sheriff Aji, told PREMIUM TIMES.

A bereaved relative, who did not want his name mentioned for security reasons, said “among the 13 persons shot dead by Boko Haram on Friday, were two family members of my late aunt, ‘Hajia Ummu, whose aged mother got killed.”

PREMIUM TIMES reporter also saw corpses of the eight Boko Haram gunmen still laying unattended to as soldiers have of recent stopped taking them to the morgue.

Already, in Maiduguri, young men who are apparently fed up with the protracted insurgency have formed a voluntary vigilante group allegedly with the blessing of the JTF soldiers, and have been going street by street to fish out known Boko Haram members and hand them over to the military.

It was in apparent reaction to this development that the angry Boko Haram gunmen concealed their arms in a coffin behind a pick up van, and set out on a revenge mission to attack the vigilante youth, leading to the death of the 13 people.

  • Ndidi

    We will soon have ex-president Abdulsalami Abubakar urging the JTF to go easy on Boko Haram – he will not of course mention the soldiers and civilians that Boko Haram are killing for no reason. And others will plead for amnesty for Boko Haram.

    • Dan maikoko

      I think you should visit Nigeria soon, we have passed that stage already. Every initial boko haram demand with the exception of rebuilding their houses and mosques has already been fulfilled by Jonathan. He gave N60 million on behalf of the federal govt while Borno state gave N40 million as compensation to their families, he released their wives and children unconditionally, he has given them legitimacy by capping his capitulation with an unconditional amnesty which they (boko haram) promptly rejected. So you see Buhari or Abdulsalami does not have to waste their breath.

  • Dankasa

    Which Boko Haram??? Are they one of the Battalions in the JTF-Nigerian Army State of Emagency enforced on Maiduguri?? Johnathan is deceiving Nigerians with this Gimmick called Boko Haram or can you Ndidi out of your blindfolded/naive perception explain to Northerners how can a right thinking human believe this ascertion. Maiduguri has been sealed off since this Emagency starting, they even claimed that Boko Haram fled Maiduguri showing all sort of fictitious pictures of burned facilities and cars in the bush as part of their victories but today same JTF is out to deceive Ndidi on the same issue of ‘Boko Haram’ killing people in Maiduguri. The truth will come out one day Ndidi and that day, I will tell you to your face (if we can meet) that all what happened during GEJ admin, of cause with regards to this so called Boko Haram were State-sponsored terrorism cooked to undermind the North, her population and economy (the desert economy).

    • yohanna

      you are saying utter rubbish. you will continue to kill your people and your economy because of your hatred for jonathan. Nonsense boko haram sympathiser

  • Benson

    I thought a state of emergency was in place. Or does it mean a licence to kill?