The Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram is no longer a strange name in the news. Their violent activities in the north eastern part of Nigeria in the last few weeks formed the breaking news stories on virtually all forms of media worldwide. This time around they are reported to have again kidnapped two prominent traditional rulers in Borno state – the Emir of Uba, Ismaila Mamza and the Emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Timta. Though no official statement had being made at the time of reporting, some security officials aware of the incidence confirmed the incidence to reporters. It will be recalled that about 46 days ago, the group disappeared with over 250 schoolgirls from their dormitories in Chibok, Borno State.
The two traditional rulers were taken at gun point by the insurgents at 10a.m Friday near Shaffa while they were on their way to Gombe to attend the funeral of the Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar, who died on Tuesday evening at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London.
The two abducted emirs were elevated to First Class traditional ruler status only in January. The Shetima led Borno state government is yet to issue an official statement on the incidence.