Hunters in Maiha area, which was allegedly seized earlier this week by Boko Haram, were believed to have killed at least 80 insurgents on Tuesday and recaptured the territory.
Punch reports with reference to one of the local hunters, involved in the fighting with terrorists, that they were so outraged by the Monday’s attack that decided to take the initiative.
The local hunters, who pleaded anonymity, said that they mobilized their colleagues from several nearby towns to overpower insurgents, which they said they had managed to do.
“We fought gallantly, killed 80 members of the insurgents and recaptured Maiha Local Government headquarters (from their control).”
The resident also insisted that their team could drive Boko Haram insurgents out of all the captured territories of the country, if allowed by the military authorities.
“The military kept telling us that we cannot be allowed to go after the insurgents since we are not legally constituted. We can only appeal to the military authorities to scrutinise us and authorise us to face the Boko Haram insurgents in a battle which I believed we will defeat the insurgents and regain our land.
“If the military can authorise us and give us back-ups, we will wipe out the insurgents because we know their hideouts and if it is juju (local charms), we will match them it. Boko Haram fear us because they know what we can do. Let the military leave us with Boko Haram and see what is going to happen. We took advantage of the fact that the soldiers have fled the area and used the opportunity to kill and chase some of the insurgents out of Maiha.”
It was reported earlier today, however, that the insurgents withdrew from Maiha after they had suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of Nigerian soldiers adding that there were casualties from both sides.
While Adamawa State has allegedly recorded a victory over Boko Haram by reclaiming its territory, Yobe and Niger states are dealing with the dire consequences of similar bombings, lunched November 10 and 12, respectively.