2 Bizmen Abducted at Nigeria, Cameroon Border


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Suspected insurgents have abducted two Nigerian businessmen in Gamboru, a border town with Cameroon, it was disclosed on Thursday.

The two businessmen (names withheld) were taken away in an unmarked two Toyota Hilux to an unknown destination along the Nigerian border with Cameroon at 7.34pm by the heavily armed abductors.

Gamboru is a border town with Cameroon, and 138 kilometres northeast of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

An eyewitness, who spoke on phone with journalists from Gamboru on Thursday, said “some hoodlums burst into the market square in Hilux vehicles, and told the people not to be panic.

“They subsequently went for the two businessmen who the bundled into their vehicle; and sped off without killing any person at the market square and mosque.”

“We were shocked and terrified, with the abduction of our colleagues yesterday night, because the gunmen had been terrorizing us with sporadic gunshots in nearby villages and settlements on the Dikwa-Ngala road.

“This road had become a route, where the insurgents have a field day, snatching people’s vehicles and in some cases killing innocent travelers.”

“The military and police, are not even helping matters as our distress calls to security operatives in the border areas of Cameroon and Dikwa-Maiduguri axis, are not responded to in most cases of attacks on nearby villages and communities.

“We had to resort to our vigilante youths patrolling most of the streets of Gamboru up to 1 and 3am daily.”

He lamented that in April alone the Boko Haram insurgents attacked Gomboru town, killing over 200 persons and destroying 445 houses, the central market, trucks, vehicles and motorcycles.”

A security source, who spoke anonymously, said there was an attempted terrorists’ attacks on Gambouru on Wednesday night by suspected insurgents.

He said: “We could not get any casualties reports from the locals, as the gunmen attempted to attack and cause havoc in Gambouru border town.”

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