At least 65 people, largely farmers, were reportedly slain between Sunday and Tuesday by terrorist attacks in Katsina and Borno states
Sunday’s raid on the Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State by Boko Haram fighters resulted in 50 deaths and an undetermined number of injuries, according to reports from our correspondents.
Located 365 kilometres east of Maiduguri, Kala Balge is the most eastern local government area (LGA). Its administrative centre is the town of Rann, which is located on the international border between Nigeria and Cameroon.
Over the years, terrorists have continued to target Rann and the neighbouring villages, killing and maiming a number of people.
The people, who are predominantly farmers, fisherman, and businessmen, have lost family members and fortunes to terrorists as a result of the limited presence of security personnel and the complete restoration of civilian authority.
During the killing on Sunday, a source informed one of our correspondents that the militants accused the residents of spying on them and exposing their whereabouts to the military despite repeated orders to ignore them.
A few kilometres distant from Rann town, the seat of the local administration, at approximately 3 p.m., the outlawed gang picked up and kept as hostages a number of people, according to reports.
According to the report, the ISWAP militants detained the captives for around two hours before releasing the elderly men and three youngsters, and then slaughtering the remainder one by one.
The source stated, “In recent weeks, Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists have lost dozens of fighters to the military offensive against them.”
“They assumed that the majority of their locations had been disclosed to the military by locals.” The citizen disregarded their warnings to keep away from their spot. They termed them betrayals and stated the murders would serve as a warning to others.”
A Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama, reported that the fighters attacked the peasant farmers who were cultivating their crops with machetes.
“The terrorists mutilated the bodies while slitting the throats of several of the victims who were tied up and bound.
“More dead bodies have been uncovered, at least 50, and they were buried according to Islamic customs on Monday evening. “The search for bodies continues, as many people remain missing,” he said.
Zainab Gimba, a member of the House of Representatives from the region, verified the incident to our correspondent via the BBC Hausa service.
She stated that the tragedy was really tragic and asked the military to protect lives and property more effectively.
In November 2020, rebels murdered 48 rice farmers working on their farms in the town of Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area, Borno State.
Mafa Local Government Area militants slaughtered the farmers in the neighbouring village of Koshebe.
They were apparently working on their farms in various locales, including Zabarmari, Koshebe, Bulaburin, Karkut, Gudda, Gudda Cizama, and Azaya, before to their execution at Koshebe.
The Police Commissioner has not yet briefed me.
The military and Borno State Government had not yet commented on the issue.
Abdu Umar, the state’s Commissioner of Police, told journalists at the International Conference Hall, Musa Usman Secretariat, in Maiduguri, yesterday that he has not been briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the region or the local government chairman.
15 farmers slain in Katsina
Yesterday, militants attacked the village of Gakurdi in the Jibia Local Government Area in Katsina, murdering at least 15 farmers.
A local told SHAUNTV NEWS that the victims of the Katsina incident were killed as they prepared their farms for the rainy season.
The four-motorcycled bandits, according to him, were initially headed towards the settlement of Gakurdi. When they spotted the farmers, they began firing, according to him.
“They arrived on four motorcycles at 8.30 a.m. today (Tuesday) and began murdering people. “Three were killed on the same farm, and it was later revealed that as many as fifteen were slaughtered on separate farms,” he claimed.
When the people realised what was occurring, the attackers had already fled the area, he claimed.
In a related incident, more than 100 cows were stolen by robbers in the village of Danye Gaba, Bugaje ward, Jibia Local Government Area, Katsina State.
Katsina’s 17 Brigade military barracks are around two kilometres from the Danye Gaba settlement.
Tuesday about 1.30 a.m., cows belonging to approximately seven people were stolen by cattle rustlers, according to a resident who wished to remain anonymous.
He claimed that the movement of the criminals had been known since around 8 p.m. on Monday, and that various security agencies had been notified, but no preventative measures were done until the bandits struck.
However, another resident who confirmed the story stated that there was an exchange of gunfire between the crooks and security personnel during the assault.
The Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dauda Dabban, expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and promised them of adequate safety during his visit to the area. He further stated that the situation would not occur again.