Despite ongoing truce talks between the federal government and the Boko Haram group, about 30 boys and girls have been abducted in Nigeria’s northeast by suspected members of the terror group, according to a local village chief.
“The insurgents … grabbed young people, boys and girls, from our region,” said Alhaji Shettima Maina, who is in charge of the Mafa village around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the city of Maiduguri.
“They took all boys aged 13 and over … and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days.”
Just last week, there were reports of abduction of about 60 women and girls from the region.
The Boko Haram negotiator in the ongoing talks has however blamed the attacks on hoodlums that have infiltrated the sect, saying the talks will continue.
Another village elder, Mallam Ashiekh Mustapha, confirmed the abduction of the adolescents.