By Abdulkareem Haruna
A group of hunters popular for chasing armed robbers and kidnappers had this week gunned down a notorious Boko Haram commander and his second in command during a duet in Shafa Taku village in the southern part of Borno state, northeast Nigeria.
The two commanders were known for leading their terror group in perpetrating hostile activities on harmless rural dwellers especially those around Shafa Taku, a hell hole of terrorists in Sambisa forest.
From Shaffa Taku the terrorists set out every day to terrorize folks in Mandaragirau in Biu local government, Sabon Gari in Damboa and other fringe villages in Askira-Uba council areas.
Residents said the terrorists w4ould forcefully collect taxes, loot foodstuff and rustle livestock in their communities.
These heinous activities were however on the high side as the terrorists made it a daily affair to intimidate, maim and kill villagers.
To put an end to the unbridled act of terror, the community contacted the hunter’s group under the leadership of the North East Chairman, Alhaji Yohanna, to come to their aid.
The hunters reportedly stormed the Shafa Taku axis of Sambisa forest where they confronted the terrorists.
Yes, we acted on intelligence information that was given by volunteered people who hinted to me about the movement of the insurgents who have been terrorizing their communities in the last two weeks.
Confirming the development to journalists in Maiduguri, the regional Hunters chairman, Mr Yohanna, said he and his men moved into action upon receiving the information about the terrorists.
“I mobilized my team and stormed the spot at Shaffa Taku, a deserted community in Damboa and luckily we sighted the terrorists numbering more than 20 riding on motorcycles,” he said.
“We engaged them in a gun battle, and we were able to kill the Commander and his Deputy, while several others fled with gunshot wounds.
“We also recovered one motorcycle and one AK47 rifle from the terrorists, presently, I have informed the authorities of the 231 Battalion in Biu, and we are going to meet today (Tuesday) for onward handing over of the recovered AK47 rifle and the motorcycle”. Yohanna stated,” he said.