How ‘Shilla Boys’ unleash terror in Adamawa
From Joseph Asegba, Yola
The notorious hoodlums other wise called Shila boys who specialize in anti-social acts in Adamawa State have again gone on a rampage.
During the rampage, no fewer than four met their waterloo by Jimeta mob, while 23 were arrested by the police.
Shila- Boys’ are known for stealing, snatching valuables and committing other unlawful crimes across the state.
It was because of this threat, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the state, had on assumption into office vowed to tackle the menace and other social vices plaguing the state as his administration purchased over 60 Hilux vehicles for Operation Farauta, for the purpose of tackling the menace of the gangster, kidnappings and other security challenges.
Eyewitnesses said that the hoodlums met their untimely death as they were trying to snatch away handbags of some passersby.
“The Shilla boys were caught at around 9:00pm in the night on May 9 this year while trying to snatch away bags and mobile phones of some women who were coming out of the Specialist Hospital.” they said.
They added: “They were given hot-chased by angry passersby and were caught close to a microfinance bank where four were killed instantly; to serve as deterrence.’’
Reports say that the hoodlums had earlier attacked some shops along Bauchi Street and Damilu Areas during which they snatched phones, valuables and inflicted injuries on some residents.
“It seems these Shila boys are on a rampage, and turn tactics because from snatching handbags or phones, they are now robbing people. Not quite an hour, they wreaked havoc at one chemist along Bauchi Street here in Jimeta and carted away with money and valuables,” some residents said.
A resident who gave her name as Grace John added that: “They snatched about six handset-phones, while the victims were injured seriously.’’
Reacting on the increasing heinous attacks by Shila boys, a public affairs commentator, Comrade Mustapha Atiku Ribadu, decried that: “These Shilla boys ‘epidemic’ is going out of hand, Jimeta and Yola are not safe.’’
Ribadu accordingly charged concern authorities to take action on the matter as he prevailed on parents and residents to help in curbing the menace.
“Proactive measures need to be taken by the state government and other relevant authorities to bring to an end to this menace before it’s late.’’
With also another concern, a resident, Ijai Pius Adilawanda Mamza lamented that: “It seems Shila boys headquarters now is Damilu’s opposite gate of Air Force quarter guard.
“They are operating at free will, unchallenged, snatching phones and valuables and inflicting injuries on their victims. Most of them are aged between 14 and 18.
“I am calling on the local authorities to act as a matter of urgency to curb the activities of these satanic groups in the state capital Yola.’’
Also lamenting, a public school teacher, who simply identified himself as Malam Baba said: “The Shila Boys are sons, our brothers, our neighbors and our siblings.
“The time of blames games are over. We are not going to hold our hands and wait for the government and security agencies to tackle the situation alone. Yes, it is a government responsibility to protect our lives and property, but we have to give our on quota.
“Like I said, Jimeta is falling! Indeed it is, for the past five years, Jimeta is experiencing this issue of Shila boys.
“Killing them is not the solution, the solution is we must work together, our stakeholders must sit down together with our traditional institution the likes of Masu Anguwanni, Masu Jimillu, and thank God our amiable Hakimi-District Head is already doing his best in terms of curtailing the situation.
“Please, if you know that your son, brother or your neighbor is among those boys, please report him to the nearest security, instead of him being killed by a mob.
“I want to commend our security operatives more especially Operation Farauta, and also the state government, and I won’t forget Alhaji Inuwa Baba Paris, the District Head of Jimeta.’’
In the meantime, police spokesman in the state, DSP Suleiman Nguroje had confirmed the killing of the Shila boys, as investigation commenced, saying three notorious shilaa boys were beaten by angry-passersby after they snatched some valuables.
“Police patrol team rushed to the scene to rescue them and were taken to hospitals minutes but later they gave-up due to the injuries they sustained,’’ said he.
Nguroje warned residents not to be taking laws into their hands thereby committing ‘jungle justice.’
“People should stop taking laws onto their hands, rather they should report any matter to the constituted relevant authorities.
“Already, the state police commissioner had since ordered for an investigation into the incident, and parents should warn their children and siblings,” he added.
As at the time of filing in this report, a source very close to Yola Specialist Hospital, said the corps of the Shila boys were decomposed and abandoned at the mortuary.
The state Police Command had in last March arrested and paraded 48 members of the notorious gang Shila boys.