Gunmen kill village head and 16-year-old boy in Adamawa

The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a village head and a 16-year-old boy in a recent string of abductions in the Madagali Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the teenager identified as Ijarshu Markus, was abducted alongside his mother and brother last week from their home in Maiwandu village.

Local vigilantes rescued the mother and the other son while the gunmen made away with Markus.

Three days later, the corpse of the teenager was found lying in the bush with two stab wounds on his chest and heart.

This came less than 14 days after the killing of the village head (Lawan) of Mayo-Wandu of Duhu District in Madagali, Ahmadu Sikari, who was shot twice at his residence at night when the attempt to kidnap him went awry.

The District Head of Duhu, Mustapha Sanusi, told Daily Trust that the death of the village head and that of Ijarshu had caused panic among residents, calling on the government to increase security in the area.

He believed that some Boko Haram insurgents were now teaming up with other criminals to raise money for the insurgency through kidnapping for ransom.

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, who confirmed the incidents, said that police had dispatched its men to track down the perpetrators.

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