No fewer than 60 women have now been confirmed abducted by Boko Haram militants from Wagga Mangoro and Garta villages in Adamawa State, north east Nigeria. And the militants to boot have paid a dowry of N1,500 on each woman taken away.
The abductions were carried out by the insurgents at the weekend, just hours after government announced a ceasefire, that even had to the bargain, the release of the 219 schoolgirls captured in April from the town of Chibok, in Borno state.
But rather than the Boko Haram attacks reducing, they have increased.
A resident of Garta, Tizhe Kwada, who escaped the attack on Saturday told the Daily Trust newspaper that hundreds of militants stormed the village on motorcycles and vans on Saturday, burnt houses and abducted women and young girls.
Wagga Mangoro and Garta are situated in Madagali and Michika local council areas.
Kwada said many residents fled the area which has been under Boko Haram for about two months.
Here is an excerpt of the Daily Trust report as related by Kwada:
“According to him, they conducted house-to-house searches for young women in Garta and forced relatives to collect N1,500 and kola nuts as bride price for any female taken. They slit the throat of three men and have since remained there, he added.
“The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Wagga that they killed two men and took 40 women away.”
“A community leader from Michika, Emmanuel Kwache, told newsmen in Yola that he got information on the attack from villagers who said the rampage was still on.”