Insurgents in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria have become cannibals, Momodu Bukar, a suspected militant has said.
The suspect, who was captured at Baga Road motor park, Maiduguri, by the Civilian Joint Task Force (a youth vigilante group), said that his colleagues in Magumeri forest, Borno, have resorted to eating human flesh after being stranded for days without food or water.
According to Bukar, the militants (about 300 well-armed combatants), who have been in the forest since May, had gone there on an order from the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau.
They, however, lost contact shortly after the Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) took over their Marte Camp at Marte Local Government Area, and a state of emergency was declared, which led to the shutdown of GSM services by the Defence Headquarters.
Bukar, on what led to the present state of his colleagues, said,“It all started last Monday when three of the combatants in camp died of acute hunger, and it became obvious that all of us would die if action was not taken.”
He said their leader, whom he identified as Abu Omar, directed that a non-combatant member be slaughtered to provide meal for the rest.
Bukar, who said that he knew it would be his turn to die soon since he was also a non-combatant member, decided to flee the camp for safety but was captured by the Civilian Joint Task Force.
Confirming the development, an official of the vigilante group, Mallam Ajid Asheik, said that the suspect would be handed over to the Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) for interrogation.