Hunters who joined in the search of the missing over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by dreaded Boko Haram sects on April 14 in Borno state have narrated their encounter with the Insurgents.
The hunters have denied claims that Boko Haram wasn’t challenged while smuggling out the schoolgirls out of their hostels on the night of their abduction.
According to one of the hunters simply identified as Bulus Mbala(real name not disclosed for security reason) who said they got information of the sects plan to attack Chibok but they had anticipated a repeat of what “Boko Haram has been doing in other places said:
“The military and police actually fired back and we were at their back to give support but they succeeded at that time to move the girls from the school because nobody was expecting they could do such thing especially since all the students were girls,” he told Sunday Sun.
The hunter, however, said they were caught unawares by the Sect’s attack saying:
“We were on ground but the Boko Haram caught us unawares and it was unfortunate. We had information that they may attack our town (Chibok) one day and we actually prepared for them. But the issue is that we weren’t even sure if the information was true or not but all the same, we took it that these guys may come any day and we mapped out our strategies to prevent them from attacking our town.
Our attention was on securing the people because we thought they were coming to do what they’ve been doing in other places; shooting or slaughtering people, burning houses, vehicles, shops and carting away food items into their hiding places. We didn’t know they had another plan. We were there in the town and they sneaked into the school, pretended as if they wanted to secure the students.
The military and police actually fired back and we were at their back to give support but they had succeeded at that time to move the girls from the school because nobody was expecting they could do such a thing especially since all the students were girls. The attack came in a different way and the Boko Haram kept firing until they left with the girls. It was very sad, we tried to pursue them but it was late. They shot at the soldiers and mobile policemen.”
While another claimed that a soldier and a mobile policeman lost their lives in an attempt to foil the attack, adding that the insurgents escaped through the rocky area behind the school premises.
The hunters who said they have not been contacted by the government or military authorities to assist in the rescue mission of the Chibok girls are very optimistic and determinedto lead the rescue efforts in Sambisa Forest regardless as they said they have what it takes and the information needed to rescue the girls.
They also said their mission wasn’t only to rescue their daughters but to ensure a repeat of the abduction by the sect in Chibok doesn’t occur again in the Chibok thereby ending Boko Haram once and for all as they said despite the sophiscated weapons used by the Boko Haram insurgents they expressed courage saying saying they derived their power from God. “Leave that to God. We rely on God and they rely on their guns. Who gave human beings the brain to manufacture these guns? We don’t have guns but we have God who is mightier than gun.”