Scores of farmers and herders are feared killed as suspected Boko Haram terrorists invaded many communities in Magumeri local government area of Borno state.
The invaders also rustled hundreds of domestic animals including cows belonging to the farmers and herders in the community said to be about 40 kilometres away from Maduguri the state capital.
Maiduguri had witnessed series of attacks recently, one of which was the abduction of oil exploration firm’s workers and staff of the Department of Geology, University of Maiduguri, on a mission around the shores of the Lake Chad Basin.
The attack forced hundreds of displaced persons from the affected communities of Puciwa and Koleram to take refuge at Magumeri town, with no presence of police and other security agents.
The Acting Secretary of the council, Mallam Wali, said the whole communities bordering Magumeri Local Government headquarters, Gubio Council and Gajigana axis, near Nganzai council area, were currently under Boko Haram control.
“We are much terrified with the latest and deadly attacks by insurgents. The whole communities bordering Magumeri Local Government headquarters, Gubio council and Gajigana axis, near Nganzai Council Area, have been terrorised.
“As I speak to you, communities of Puciwa and Koleram are under Boko Haram control.
“This fresh incident has left many of my people dead and injured, while unspecified number of those who survived the onslaught have relocated to Magumeri for safety, as their means of livelihoods have been jeopardised.
“But we are doing our best to ensure that the displaced ones are properly taken care of, as we collaborate with security agencies to find lasting peace in the communities.”