Boko Haram has continued to carry out attacks on isolated remote villages of Borno State, where poor communication networks make it difficult for hapless villagers to seek immediate help during attacks, local security officials have said.
Sources from the hinterlands of Borno State confirmed to journalists last night that more than 40 villagers may have been killed between Friday and Sunday.
Boko Haram terrorists have sustained their bloody campaigns around Borno State’s capital, Maiduguri which have resulted in more deaths and displacement of residents.
Haruna Bukar, an operative of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Monguno town said he was forced to flee the area because his double barreled hunting rifles used by his group could no longer match the increasing attacks by Boko Haram terrorists who used more sophisticated weapons.
“Many villages under Monguno local government area are being attacked almost on daily basis”, he said. “Boko Haram terroristsFriday night attacked Misala and Kalwa, which are two neighbouring villages, located about 17km away from Monguno town. After hours of carnage, which involved shooting pointblank, and slaughtering of defenceless villagers, 43 persons were found dead by Saturday morning. Still that night, the gunmen advanced to some nearby villages’ hamlets but met them deserted; so they set fire to the houses there.
“On Saturday night, they went to Dankyali village, which is very close to Monguno town, there they attacked and forced many residents to flee; but up till now, we have no idea about the number of persons that may have been harmed during the attack,” said Bukar.
Spokesman of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno State, Abbas Gava also confirmed the Friday attacks in Monguno.
“We received the information from our officers around Monguno local government who said the Boko Haram terrorists had attacked villages in the area between Friday and Saturday”, said Gava. “We have also learnt that about 43 persons were brutally killed in Misala and Kalwa, while Dankyali was completely set ablaze even though most of the residents had long fled the village into the IDP camps here in Maiduguri.”
Gava explained that due to grounded telecommunications installation in the area, most of the attacks hardly got across to the security agencies until days later when it would be brought in by fleeing residents or local security personnel.
Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr Aderemi Opadokun, has also confirmed the fresh attacks by Boko Haram terrorists, but declined giving actual figure of casualties.
In a text message that responded to an earlier one sent to him asking him to confirm the development, CP Opadokun said “information revealed that gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded Kalwa and Gwollam villages in Monguno Local government area; many persons were reported killed and several houses burnt. But we assure the public that patrol is in progress in the said area.”