Nigerian Villagers Kill Boko Haram Terrorists

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It appears that the ordinary people of Nigeria are getting enough of Boko Haram.

Villagers in Northern Nigeria have evidently lost faith in the government and begun taking things in their own hands. According to reports in Al Jezeera, local people in Northern Nigeria have killed and detained scores of Boko Haram “fighters” suspected of planning another attack.

After locals from the village of Kalbalge learned of an impending Boko Haram attack, they ambushed two trucks loaded with gunmen. At least 41 fighters were killed in the attack and approximately 10 armed men were disarmed and detained.

Kalbalge is in Borno, the same province where more than 300 girls were abducted last month. Boko Haram has been burning churches and murdering innocent civilians with impunity for years. I have personally talked to an Anglican bishop from Northern Nigeria whose church was burned, daughter was abducted and a parishioner beheaded.

In January, Boko Haram attacked a large Nigerian school, killed 29 boys, some as young as 11, burned their bodies and set fire to the school. They bombed the bus station in Abuja, just a few days after kidnapping the girls. On May 8, Boko Haram attacked the Nigerian village of Gamboru Ngala, killing at least 150 people, some of whom they burned alive. They have abducted more schoolgirls since the abduction in April.

From the New York Post:

I normally do not like vigilante law. But if the government of Nigeria either can’t or won’t defend the people of their nation, the ordinary citizens must do something themselves.

They’re still stealing children.

Islamist extremist group Boko Haram continues to rampage freely through northeastern Nigeria, blowing up a second strategic bridge, killing an unknown number of villagers and abducting the wife and two children of a retired police officer, residents said Saturday.

News of the ongoing carnage came as a team of French intelligence experts landed in the country, joining American and British teams with hopes of rescuing 276 school girls kidnapped more than three weeks ago by the terrorist group.

Details were murky on the latest child captives, taken Friday as Boko Haram converged on the town of Liman Kara on the Cameroon border, driving 3,000 people from their homes.

Officials and residents said they fled the carnage without having time to count their dead.

…  The group, which seeks to abolish Western-style schools and impose fundamentalist Sharia law on the country, has captured or shot hundreds of schoolchildren in its five-year reign of terror.

  • Mary E.

    Like the writer of this editorial, I do not usually support vigilante justice, but one cannot expect the people of these villages to cower in fear, waiting to be attacked, while their government fails to protect them. I spent a little time yesterday reading some Nigerian news sites because I wanted to get a better sense of how the ordinary Nigerian feels. From what I read, many Nigerians are angry and outraged by Boko Haram, but they are also angry and disappointed in the failure of their local and national governments. I don’t know what it will take for the Nigerian government to get its act together, but whatever it is, I pray that it happens soon.

  • SisterCynthia

    This is probably the best news I have heard about this in ages. Good for the men who decided to not let themselves and their people be another news item!

  • AnneG

    This does not look like vigilantism to me. Raising a militia to defend yourself and your neighbors from murderous terrorists seems like an appropriate community activity. I’ve seen this happen in other countries and it tends to have several secondary benefits besides the obvious self protection against a serious threat. These might be to diminish the size of marauding forces, even scaring them, and focusing the attention of the government, that people aren’t waiting for them to do something.

    • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

      Aside from you considering it “appropriate” and having “benefits”, I don’t see why it doesn’t qualify as vigilante — private citizens acting independently of sanction by the nominal government when the police and judicial mechanisms are deemed inadequate.

      • AnneG

        “nominal government when the police and judicial mechanisms are deemed inadequate.”
        You gave exactly the appropriate explanation. Police, military and judicial mechanisms are incompetent, inactive, corrupt or just too far away to protect you, your family and your community from murderous marauders. The only logical action to protect the innocent and yourself is to take appropriate action. They didn’t break into a jail and lynch prisoners being held by authorities. Nor did the community scapegoat unpopular foreigners. They took action to protect themselves. I see this as a hopeful sign that Nigeria can develop a culture of self-rule.

        • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

          That’s not an explanation — that’s the definition of vigilantism. Vigilantism always involves action by private citizens who deem police and judicial mechanisms inadequate — whether it’s a volunteer posse making a citizens arrest to remand an accused into custody, or a KKK lynch mob stringing up a family of uppity ethnics who moved into the wrong neighborhood.

          You’re claiming it’s “logical” and “appropriate”, but that doesn’t answer my question. Unless you’re a sociopath, merely because it’s a sort of Vigilantism you approve of does not mean it’s no longer Vigilantism.

          Nigeria may be developing self-rule, but it may well be at the expense of any semblance of rule-of-law.

          • AnneG

            The people of northern Nigeria have an irregular warfare problem, not a crime problem. It is exactly nothing like a posse or the KKK. There have been 4000 people killed in Yolo province alone by Boko Haram, a group that wants to take over and impose Sharia by their definitions.
            I am not a sociopath. Neither are those who band together to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from marauding irregular warriors. What would you have them do? Wait till people are murdered and raped and kidnapped, expecting the sympathy card from the UN? You seem to have some first world ideal that you never take personal action. I’ve lived in places where you actually have to take care of yourself.
            I don’t know if you are an American, but militias played an important roll in the foundation of our government and country. I think that is what these people are doing. I’m especially heartened that there was cooperation by the villagers. You seem to ignore the definition of vigilantism. This is not a law enforcement issue. It is war!

            • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

              So, you appear to be making the distinction that it’s no longer vigilantism when it’s no longer “crime”, but “war”. However, the differences between “war” and “crime” appear to be quantitative — if that. War involves things such as the destruction of property or lives that would ordinarily be crimes, but they are committed with the sanction of some putative authority, as part of the resolution of conflict with some competing authority. The term “war” sometimes gets reserved for conflict between “states” of the sort recognized by the Treaty of Westphalia; but in that case, this is merely crime.

              (Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel “Jingo” deals with this theme; an unusually determined policeman helps end a war by arresting both armies — on the literally correct charge of Disturbing the Peace.)

              I’m not objecting to the conduct of the Nigerians taking up arms to oppose Boko Haram, and I’m quite aware of American history. I’m objecting to your failing to admit that being morally justified does not preclude it from meeting the definition (EG, Webster’s) of vigilantism.

  • pagansister

    Good! In this situation those folks should take matters into their own hands. It is obvious the government isn’t helping much.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Kudos to the Nigeran people. Give them weapons and they’ll protect their own children. And kudos to the NY Post. Notice how unlke the First Lady’s inane hastag and video, they called it for what it is, Islamic extremism, not some feminist diatribe.

  • Gordis85

    “I normally do not like vigilante law. But if the government of Nigeria either can’t or won’t defend the people of their nation, the ordinary citizens must do something themselves.”

    If my family was in danger, especially my children, and the government proved too impotent to help, yes, I too, would take up arms and defend my loved ones as well as my home and my community.

    These marauders who are brutalizing/killing innocent people, especially children, get no sympathy from me…none whatsoever.

  • JohnE_o

    Good for the villagers!

  • bill b

    If you’re open to working through our separated brethern, the Barnabas Fund ( three stars from Charity Navigator) rescues families from Sharia areas:

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/barnabas-fund-rescues-over-8000-christians-fleeing-islamic-persecution-in-sudan-103249/

    • hamiltonr

      I’ve post many things from both Christian Post and Barnabas Fund. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.


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