Terrorists suspected to be ISWAP group, on Tuesday evening, laid ambush along Maiduguri-Tamsu Kawu-Ngamdu-Damaturu road and abducted several passengers aboard 8 commercial and private vehicles.
The incident took place near a bridge between Tamsu Kawu and Ndamdu town at about 3PM.
It was gathered that most of the victims, who were taken to a nearby river, were released after reciting some verses of the Quaran, except three other persons suspected to be Christians.
Tamsu Kawu, about 80km drive from Maiduguri, is located North-west, and had hitherto been razed, before the former Governor, Kashim Shettima spent millions of naira to reconstruct and resettle the people.
He said, “it was when I was interrogated and the terrorists learnt that I was a diabetic patient, coupled with my old age that saved me; the Commander of the terrorists told his members to allow me join those who were set free at about 7pm.”
He revealed that the terrorists during interrogation, told them that they were among those who participated in the bloody killing of the leader of Boko Haram sect, late Abubakar Shekau, adding that they are members of the ISWAP group who are determined to protect the rights of innocent civilians.
“I have to thank Allah (God) for saving us from the hands of terrorists yesterday.
“Our vehicle came in contact with them along the Ngamdu road where several passengers and motorists aboard 8 different vehicles were abducted and taken to a nearby river at about 3PM.
“After series of interrogations, many of us were released except three persons who were detained as they could not recite the Quaran.
“The terrorists’ after interrogating us said that they were amongst those who killed Abubakar Shekau. They also said that they are out to protect all innocent civilians, except those who chose to follow different faith or identified as infidels,” he said.