Members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria armed with just dane guns that permits them to shoot once before refilling the cartridges reportedly killed eight members of the Boko Haram armed with sophisticated weapons in a village near Chibok town of Borno State, officials said.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Vigilante Group, Muhammed Gava, told Premium Times, that a gang of gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram, Monday morning, at about 3 a.m. attacked Kwarangilam Village of Chibok Local Government Area — located about 15km from Chibok town– but had their mission aborted as members of the Vigilante Group laid ambush for them, adding that one of the insurgents was also arrested alive.
“We have arrested one of them alive and have handed him over to the military personnel in Chibok town”, said Mr. Gava.
“The gunmen invaded Kwarangilam at about 3 a.m., but unknown to them, our men in the area were aware of the attack and had taken cover to wait for them. They started the attack by setting fire on houses, shops; and our men began to shoot from their hideouts, which the Boko Haram gunmen could not locate. They were so lucky to have gunned down eight of them. The gunmen became confused and decided to flee”.
Simply known as Mr. Tar, the chairman of the vigilante group said: “We have said it time and again that we need better weapons; we need vehicles and other accessories that would make our jobs better; if we can get better arms, who is Boko Haram that would hold us to ransom all this while”, the Vigilante Commander said.