By Muhammad Sabiu
Suspected insurgents of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have on Tuesday abducted at least five travellers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in northeastern Nigeria.
Reports have indicated that the insurgents mounted a fake military checkpoint and hoodwinked travellers which resulted in making them fall prey to their trap.
The abduction was said to have occurred in TamsuKawu village of Kaga local government area (LGA).
A source who spoke to an online newspaper on condition of anonymity said, “Three of the vehicles were forced to drive into the bush at gunpoint before the Boko Haram gunmen later selected five passengers whom they took away while the others and the three vehicles were later released.”
Another source in the know of the incident said, “The attack was suspected to be carried out by Abou Aseyia who was recently appointed as the Ameerul Fiya (Chief of Militant forces), in charge of Sambisa forest.”
The northeastern part of Nigeria is still being hit by terrorists’ attacks despite security agents’ efforts to curb the over-twelve-year-old insurgency.