A purported spokesperson for the Boko Haram sect, Abu Zinnira, has said his group will launch a manhunt for youth in Borno and Yobe States who have been identifying and handing over members of the terrorist group to security operatives.
Some youth in both states – currently under state of emergency – have formed vigilante groups to assist the Nigerian military to identify and arrest the terrorists in the towns; a development that has been hailed by the military authorities and the Presidency who called them ‘heroes’ but has now pitched the youth against the terrorists.
Abu Zinnira said his group is also waging a bloody war against the governments of Borno and Yobe States in response to the massive arrest of their members by youth in the states.
The terrorists’ spokesman stated these in a statement written in Hausa and emailed to journalists.
He also reiterated the group’s desire to see to the establishment of the Sharia legal system in Nigeria adding that while they continue their hostility against the police, soldiers, politicians and other symbols of authority, youth in these states have been included in their kill-list.
“We have established that the youth in Borno and Yobe states are now against our course. They have connived with security operatives and are actively supporting the government of Nigeria in its war against us. We have also resolved to fight back,” he said.
Some members of the youth groups, who craved anonymity for security reasons, have also vowed to continue assisting the security agencies in their task of ridding Maiduguri of insurgents saying that they will not be deterred from carrying out their mission and there will be no going back.