The wife and two children of a politician, Zaraye Mala Sheriff, have been reportedly abducted by Boko Haram in Ngal town, Borno state.
Two prominent politicians in the area, Alhaji Annur Mohammed and Liman Alhaji Hussaini, were also kidnapped when the insurgents stormed the town in the early hours of Friday.
A source from Ngala who spoke to Daily Trust said, “the insurgents stormed the house of the Zaraye around 12:30am on Friday and asked the wife about her husband. They also asked her for the money he kept at home but she kept quiet. Luckily enough, Zaraye was at the other side of the house and when he heard the conversation, he fled.
Apparently angry over the woman’s silence, the sect took her and two of her children away.
“Up till now, nothing has been heard of the woman and her kids. We have not heard anything about the two businessmen either,” he said.
It was gathered from sources that Zaraye Mala Sheriff is a councillor in the area and a cousin of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
Meanwhile, suspected members of Boko Haram have taken over Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road, where they are allegedly collecting money and forcefully confiscating goods from motorists.
The Majority Leader in the Borno State House of Assembly, Idrissa Jidda is said to have confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents have indeed taken over the road.
He said, “the insurgents have had absolute control of the road in the past one month. No day passes without an attack along the Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru road and in most cases, innocent people are killed. In most cases, they carefully select some passengers and promptly execute them. They also kidnap girls at will and sometimes forcefully snatch vehicles that are loaded with assorted food items.”
Borno state has been one of the worst hit by Boko Haram who have causing havoc through a wave of bombings, assassinations and now abductions.
Over the weekend, the deadly terrorist sect attacked a town in Borno state, killing more than 100 people and hoisting their black and white flags over the area.
Last week, precisely July 18, the insurgents attacked Damboa town, killing several people.