Eleven defecting members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect were slaughtered by the group in order to check against defection and instil discipline among members of the terror group, a member of the youth vigilante group, Abba Adamu, told our correspondent on the telephone in Maiduguri on Friday.
Adamu said the militants stormed Miringa town in southern part of Borno State, North-East Nigeria at about 4:30am on Friday, slitting the throats of 11 persons believed to be the members of the group, who defected few days back.
He said, “They came around early this morning (Friday) and slit the throats of 11 of their runaway members.”
Adamu said the villagers had previously received the defectors with caution as “they knew that the eleven persons were up to no good.
“Everyone knew in the village that the men who recently came back to settle among them were Boko Haram members because they had left long ago. So the villagers did not feel safe after they showed up again, considering their unexpected return and appearances.”
A resident of the town, Ahmed Suleiman, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, said about 50 insurgents sneaked into the village and went after the defecting members.
He said, “We heard cries from the area the eleven persons were living as they were being isolated. We were all too scared to come out as the insurgents were shouting and equally shooting in the air.
“By dawn, when we had summoned enough courage to go out, we saw the eleven bodies in the pool of their blood with slit throats.”
The Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun confirmed the Boko Haram clampdown on their defecting members.