Traders arrest six armed ‘Boko Haram’ gunmen in Maiduguri

Boko Haram members

The market had been burnt twice by Boko Haram.

Local traders at Gamboru Market in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Wednesday arrested six armed gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members while allegedly trying to attack traders, witnesses said.

The gunmen, according to witness accounts, were spotted entering the market with their weapons hidden under their garments.

“A trader alerted us when he saw them and we immediately trailed and rounded them up,” said 36-year-old grocery merchant, Babagana Aji.

“We caught them with our hands before they attempted to bring out their guns, after we succeeded in disarming them we beat them blue and black before handing over to the soldiers’, said the trader.

The traders said they were encouraged by the youth vigilante who had been catching the terrorists using only sticks, cleavers and cutlasses.

“This Gamboru market had suffered several attacks; the Boko Haram has burnt it twice and killed several traders,” said Sanusi Dantakai, an orange vendor. “We are tired of the losses we incurred at every attack carried out by the Boko Haram. That was why we summoned courage to catch them today.”

A Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Zinnira, had on Monday in an email to journalists warned of the sect’s resolve to attack the youth vigilante and other young men who collude with soldiers to arrest its members.


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  • MALLAM SHEHU

    THIS IS VERY GOOD, THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO START DEFENDING THEMSELVES AND START BEING MORE AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS. BOKO-HARAM DAYS ARE NUMBERED.

  • emmanuel

    Hey mallam Sheu, na you dey praise these people? I am sure they would all perish if they continue to listen to you Northern elites who stay in the comfort of your homes and criticise the federal government.

    Gods mercy is prevailing, if not your Boko Haram baby may nullify the 1914 amalgamation to which the SE and SS has looked forward to end. I do not know about the SW.

  • Shehu Mamman

    This is very good. An end is coming to the sect now.