Boko Haram systematically killing men in Nigeria

Abuja - The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is systematically killing men to assert its control and has seized yet another area in northern Nigeria, local media reported on Thursday.

Fleeing civilian residents said the Islamist sect began house-to-house sweeps in and around Bama, a Borno State town where Boko Haram fighters were clashing with soldiers.

Boko Haram captured and killed men suspected of being members of a civilian vigilante group that had resisted its advance, they said.

"Everyone is a [Boko Haram] target as long as you are a male", said Senator Ahmed Zannah, who represents the central part of Borno State in the National Assembly.

More than 180 people have been killed and about 26 000 people forced to flee the Bama area in the past week, local newspaper Punch reported.

The National Emergency Management Agency registered 26 391 refugees from Bama.

Key town

Witnesses said Boko Haram was now in control of Bama, but the military has denied the reports.

The insurgents, meanwhile, captured several towns in the Gulani area of neighbouring Yobe State, according to The Nation newspaper.

Heavily armed Boko Haram fighters seized the council secretariat and the local government lodge in Bara, the area's key town, witnesses said.

"The whole of my local government has been taken over", State House of Assembly representative Abdullahi Kukuwa was quoted as saying.

The insurgents were gathering large crowds to preach Islamic shariah law, Kukuwa said.

In August, Boko Haram declared a caliphate in the town of Gwoza, roughly 50km south of Bama.

Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sinful", has killed more than 3 000 people in the north of the country this year alone.

When it first launched attacks in 2009, Boko Haram mainly targeted Christians under the pretext of wanting to establish an Islamic state.

But since mid-2013, the group has focused its attacks on government security agents as well as on civilians of both Christian and Muslim faiths in their homes, markets, hospitals and schools.

Martin Pienaar 2014/09/05 08:55:59 AM
What is it with African states that hey can't cope with this...? (Don't answer!)
Bnet Jonas 2014/09/05 09:08:42 AM
They get their money from the local Muslim community.
Yagie Peritam 2014/09/05 09:12:29 AM
Welcome to Africa
Tommy 2014/09/05 09:13:37 AM
i think is time that the Bishops of the whole world say something about this. We are not going to watch people die like feeding animals.
Christina Setloboko 2014/09/05 09:14:30 AM
So it continues, would like to know what is goodluck doing or thinking about his people or is he in this as well.
Michael Seymour 2014/09/05 09:15:04 AM
African states? Try worldwide. Take a look at the middle east and the rise of Islam particularly in Europe. Countries such as France, Denmark and Belgium are in really deep (cow pat) because of letting these kinds of ideologies fly unde their noses. All because they think we could "live as one" and peacefully co-exist. All horsh** new age ideas that these guys were spoon fed in their universities. Fact is, Islam is a warlike religion. Take some time out of your busy days and actually read what the islamic bible teaches and especially about people that are not muslim or refuse to convert. Its scary and you will quickly see theres no turning back from where we are right now.
Sejouse Freedom 2014/09/05 09:16:47 AM
That's a pretty darn expensive vehicle they driving with. Wonder if the aircon is still working.
Tessa Christelis 2014/09/05 09:18:29 AM
And the response by those peace loving human rights supporting South African Muslims? Silence...
Charles Komane 2014/09/05 09:26:56 AM
The world must donate to US to help destroy boko, IS etc... America cant do that alone.
Ba'mpitsa Kb Mosimanyana 2014/09/05 09:29:15 AM
Whats with Muslims, they can raise hell and issue a Fatwa over some picture but when some Crazy guy kill people they just stand aside and watch. Haven't heard anything from Top Clerics and even Saudi Arabia