About 20 Fulani women were reportedly abducted on Thursday by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members from a nomad settlement near Chibok town, where over 300 schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, security sources and local residents have said.
The gunmen invaded a nomad settlement known as Garkin Fulani at about 12 noon and compelled the women at gunpoint to enter their vehicles, in which they then drove off with them to an unknown destination.
According to members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria and local hunters deployed to the Chibok area to guard schools in the area, the gunmen arrived Garkin Fulani when the men of the community were not around and abducted the women.
“We got the information that they went there and took away the women at the time none of the males were there. The three young men they met there could not help the women, as the gunmen also ordered the three of them to enter the Hilux vans and took all of them away,” said one of the vigilante officials, Alhaji Tar, who returned to Maiduguri from Chibok yesterday.
“We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far and the report came to us a little bit late,” he added.
A top security officer who craved anonymity, because his job does not include speaking directly to the press confirmed the incident, but said, “The details are still sketchy for us to make any serious statement on it. We are still investigating to ascertain its veracity.”