Mathew Onah, Yola:
AT least 10 persons have lost their lives , including two policemen, as a notorious cult group “”SHILA””, continues to terrorise Yola, the Adamawa state capital and its environs. In the last two weeks, hardly would a day past with the police not recording one or two violent incidences involving elements of the notorious group. Most of the cult members are believed to be operators of the “” keke napep””, as means of transport in the daytime but turn to violent crimes such robbery and burglary terrorising citizens. Not long ago, more than 60 members of the cult group invaded the Adamawa State Polytechnic , Yola campus, and matched five students of the institution, when fight broke out between a student of the institution and a SHILA cult member over a female student. Sources within the Adamawa state police command, told DAILY ASSET that most of the robberies and violent crimes in the state in the last one year are traceable to the cult group.
The source futher disclosed that the leader of the SHILA”” CULTISTS is believed to have come to settle in Yola from Maiduguri. There is a huge population of Kanuri- speaking people who fled the insurgency in Borno state and have settled in Yola. The Adamawa state police command spokesman, Othman Abubakar, SP, confirmed that the recent upsurge in violent crime, are traceable to the activities of the group. He said that although adequate measures were being put in place to check the cultists activities, he advised women especially young ones to avoid lonely and dark spots of the metropolis.
He revealed that the cultists target people with flashy handsets at dark spots. He stated that the body of one of the victims, a young lady was recovered from a spot at Karewa Quaters , in a remote uncompleted building. Another victim, who escaped from the hoodlums, Hajia Lare Ahmed, said she was attacked at about 8.30pm by four men in a keke napep, at Bachure Quarters, and her handbag containing two handsets were snatched. She said, she survived the attack because her cries attracted some soldiers, who were passing the area in a patrol van, who came to her rescue. Hajia Ahmed, appealed to the Adamawa state Government, and the security agencies to check the nascent cultists before it metamorphose into another insurgency . “”This is how Boko Haram started in Borno state and we are suffering it’s impact””. She stressed.