Gunmen have in the early hours of Wednesday shot dead two local hunters and kidnapped a private security operative along barracks road in Yola.
The fallen hunters include; a veteran of Boko Haram war, Abdullahi Maikano and his associate popularly known as Doctor within the local hunters architecture.
Sources said despite the location of 23 armoured brigade Yola in the neighborhood, barracks road has become notorious for night raids by unremorseful and daredevil gunmen.
A local hunter who craved anonymity told our reporter that in recent times, gunmen have been making life miserable for the local hunters through ceaseless ambushes and attacks leading to the loss of lives and limbs.
“Last night attack on our personnel on the line of duty was to say the least one attack too many. All our members are in sombre mood today following the gruesome killing of two of our operatives. The trend has become disturbing in recent times.
“Barracks road neighborhood has in recent time became notorious for the activities of such deadly marauders. Our members have come under serious attacks in the area leading to grievous bodily harm.
“What even made the case pathetic is that sometimes, those behind the heinous crimes usually come out free. I could remember that sometimes back, two of the suspects of such crimes were released after detention by the police,” he said.
Also expressing hard feelings over the killing of Abdullahi Maikano, another local hunter who also craved anonymity said the death of the Boko Haram war veteran was simply devastating.
“I received the death of Abdullahi Maikano with shock and disbelief. Right now my spirit is very low because if a valiant warrior who fought Boko Haram for two good years can be cut short in this brutal manner then no one is safe.
“Abdullahi Maikano is a veteran in every sense of the word and his murder today has cast a veil of gloom in the local hunters community. I hope the government will come to the aide of the family of this veteran for the supreme sacrifice he made otherwise a number of us will feel outrightly downcast,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the image maker of Adamawa State police command, SP Sulaiman Nguroje said the police command have deployed anti kidnapping squad to rescue the kidnap security operative and to apprehend the culprits.