At least five people have been killed in the Madagali area of Adamawa State in a new wave of suspected Boko Haram attacks in the area, a lawmaker from the town said.
Residents returned to the area only recently months after fleeing Boko Haram’s repeated attacks there.
The latest attack attack happened Sunday night at Kobachwa village.
The lawmaker representing Madagali in the state House of Assembly, Emmanuel Tsamdu, said locals have been trained prepared themselves to repel further attacks.
He however called for more security presence in the area.
He said the area has known no peace since the onset of rains as many of the insurgents who took shelter in the mountains have been dislodged.
“It is from these hideouts in the surrounding mountains which dots its landscape that the insurgents also come out from to unleash attacks on the villagers who are mostly farmers,” he said.
He said many such attacks have occurred in Midigu, Lanssa, Immulsa, Kubula, Sabon Gari and Wagachakawa in the last five days with scores feared killed by the insurgents.
Worried by the spate of the attacks the lawmaker said, some locals including himself recruited over two hundred armed local hunters as vigilante to repel further attacks.
He said the objective of the vigilante is to “go after the dreaded members of the sect who are still dwelling in the mountains and also repel any future attacks in the area”.
“The attacks have forced us and the entire community to arm and equip about 200 vigilantes in the area to repel future attacks,” Mr. Tsamdu said Monday.
He said the military command in the state was briefed of recent development in the area.