Robbers dressed in hunters, vigilante uniforms ransack residents of Yola

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A vigilante group of traditional hunters pose for a picture at their camp in Maiduguri May 21, 2014. About 100 traditional hunters from villages in Borno state have gathered in a camp in Maiduguri and volunteered to hunt for Boko Haram to the local government. The local government gives them two meals per day, they say. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)

A gang of robbers dressed in hunters and vigilante uniforms have ransacked about 10 houses at Ummare in Yolde-Pate ward of Yola, the Adamawa state capital in the early hours of Saturday.

A resident of the area who simply identified himself as Musa said the gang went from house to house forcing doors open to rob residents of money, handsets, televisions and other valuables.

A vigilante in the area identified as Mallam Isa who approached them thinking they were colleagues was attacked by the gang who machete him all over.

Isa had to be rushed to hospital by the ward head whose family house was also raided by the gang.

Residents said the gang operated between 1.30 am to 3 am, and while the operation lasted some people made calls to Yolde-Pate Police station for help but there was no response.

“Up to this moment as I speak the police have not showed up,” one of the victims who spoke under anonymity said.

The residents who recently experienced the first kidnapping incident in the area, urged for more security vigilance, and the need for security agencies particularly the police and supporting groups like vigilante and Adamawa Hunters Association to do something urgently on the new practice of using hunters and vigilante uniforms by the criminals to rob people.

They suggested that all hunters and vigilante involved in patrols should restrict their movements in their respective areas of assignment as a solution to contain criminals using uniforms to wonder round various wards to rob people.

When contacted, the Adamawa Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yahaya Nguroje, said he was not aware of the incident.

“As I speak to you now I am not in town and yet to get briefing on the incident,” Nguroje said.

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