The Defence Headquarters (DHQ, has alerted members of the public that the Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern part of the country now disguise as vigilantes popularly known as the Civilian JTF and hunters to carry out their activities.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, stated on Monday that following the coordinated military offensive against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, the fleeing felons now disguise as vigilantes or hunters to evade easy detection.
Abubakar said that the terrorists, “after being smoked out of Sambisa forest, in their desperation to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerians and to remain relevant, devised a new tactics of dressing like vigilantes or hunters to deceive unsuspecting members of the public of their true identity”.
He noted the case of Kuda-Kaya village in Madagali community of Adamawa State where a group of Boko Haram terrorists, dressed like vigilantes, opened fire on elated people during a ceremony readily comes to mind.
In response to this, the Defence spokesman advised the general public to be wary of unsubscribed services or presence of vigilantes or hunters in their neighbourhood in order not to ignorantly harbour killer gang in their midst.
“Members of the public are also advised to be security conscious, at all times, and report promptly to security agencies of any suspicious persons or group of persons in their community or raise alarm, where necessary,” he said.