Gunmen kill village head and 16-year-old boy in Adamawa
A village head and a 16-year-old boy have been killed in a recent string of abductions in the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The teenager identified as Ijarshu Markus, was said to have been abducted alongside his mother and brother last week from their home in Maiwandu village.
While local vigilantes rescued his mother and brother, they failed to rescue Markus from the gunmen as they made away with him.
Three days later, the corpse of the teenager was found lying in the bush with two stab wounds on his chest and heart.
The unfortunate incident happened less than 14 days after the killing of the village head (Lawan) of Mayo-Wandu of Duhu District in Madagali, Ahmadu Sikari, who was shot twice at his residence at night when the attempt to kidnap him went awry.
According to Daily Trust, the District Head of Duhu, Mustapha Sanusi, said the death of the village head and that of Ijarshu had caused panic among residents, calling on the government to increase security in the area.
He believed that some Boko Haram insurgents were now teaming up with other criminals to raise money for the insurgency through kidnapping for ransom.
The state police spokesperson, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, who confirmed the incidents, said that police had dispatched its men to track down the perpetrators.