Boko Haram abducts 100 young men in Borno as military intercepts mass movement of 57 youths

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Aug 14th, 2014
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Boko Haram have abducted 100 young men in Doron Baga, a village in Borno State during an attack on the village on Sunday August 10th. According to a resident of the village, Halima Alhaji Adamu who spoke with journalists, she said the sect men killed at least 10 people and abducted 100 young boys and men during the attack…

“The attack was on Sunday, in my family they killed six people, I don’t know about the other families but the Hadaijawa community which I belong also had 100 of the men abducted by the insurgents.” she said.

Halima also revealed that she lost her husband during the attack. Continue…

Meanwhile the Nigerian military said they intercepted a mass movement of about 51 youths from Maiduguri to Abuja at about 3am yesterday Wednesday night. According to a statement by the Defence Headquarters, the youths, all packed in three 18-seater buses where traveling in company of a woman who said she was moving them to Abuja on the orders of the Borno state Government.

Press statement from the Defence Headquaters below

Officers of the Special Task Force are currently trying to unravel the motive for the movement of some youths from Maiduguri heading to Abuja at about 3am when they were accosted in Plateau State on Wednesday.  Numbering about 51, the youths were under the guidance of a lady as they were being conveyed in 3  eighteen-seater mass transit buses when they were intercepted along Babale in Plateau state as they journeyed from Maiduguri to Abuja in the night.

During the interrogation that followed, they claimed they were being conveyed to Abuja on the directives of a  Borno State Government official to meet their relatives for assistance in an economic empowerment programme.  The official is yet to respond to series of efforts to verify the claims.

The issue is being investigated to ascertain the genuine mission of such a team of young persons moving in the night more so as they have made contradictory statements as to the sponsorship of their mission to Abuja.   The movement is being assessed in the light of the security situation and the suspicious claims of the youths.

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