Buhari: I’m expecting briefing on Boko Haram massacre in Borno

Buhari: I’m expecting briefing on Boko Haram massacre in Borno

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48 hours after the alleged massacre of about 69 people by members of the outlawed Boko Haram insurgents in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Gubio village, Borno State, President Muhammadu Buhari says he is yet to get the details of what happened.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Mr Garba Shehu disclosed this on his verified Tweeter handle on Wednesday night.

He said: “The President, who was expecting a detailed briefing by the Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum on the outcome of his visit to the affected Communities”.

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Garba also said in a series of Tweets that the “primordial nature of the killings is particularly shocking because it happened not long after the Ramadam and Eid and the Country is preparing to Celebrate the Democracy Day”.

He stressed that the Nigerian leader is deeply shocked by the incident and expressed the sincere condolences of the Government and people of Nigeria to the bereaved families, Communities and the people of Borno State.

Part of the statement reads: “As news of one of the most brutal terrorist attacks on innocent people emerged from the Northeast, President Muhammadu Buhari said he is deeply shocked by the brutal killing of tens of people by the Boko Haram/Islam in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Gubio village, Borno State.

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The “primordial nature of the killings is particularly shocking because it happened not long after the Ramadhan and Eid and the Country is preparing to celebrate the Democracy Day”.

He also expressed the sincere condolences of the government and people of Nigeria to the bereaved families, communities and the government and people of Borno State.

In condemning the incident, President Buhari charged the armed forces to sustain their recent string of successes against the terrorists to extract a heavy price from the attackers, and bring back all those they kidnapped as well as the large number of cattle rustled.

Meanwhile, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Wednesday visited Gubio village to ascertain the number of casualties that died in the incident

A survivor told Governor Zulum that 81 residents were killed while 13 persons got injured in addition to seven others, including village head was abducted during the attack by the hoodlums.

A male adult described as the only one who escaped the attack (name withheld for protection) gave account during Zulum’s visit.

“The insurgents in gun trucks and armored tanks, came around 10am yesterday (Tuesday). They operated for about six hours and left around 4pm.

“They gathered us and said they wanted to deliver religious sermon to us. They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their dane guns, bow and arrows.

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“The insurgents pretended as if they were there for any violence. Suddenly, they started shooting at will. Even children and women were not spared, many were shot at close range. Many started running.

“In the end end, many persons were killed. have been burying people since from 10:00pm last night to about 6am this morning.

FILE: BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS SET A VILLAGE ON KILLING FIELD AND SETTING A SETTLEMENT ON FIRE

“We have buried 49 corpses here while another 32 corpses were taken away by families from the villages around us. The insurgents abducted seven persons including our village head. They went away with 400 cattle” he said.

While sympathising with the the people over the attack, Governor Babagana Zulum, urged the Nigerian military to undertake a final onslaught that should put an end the insurgents in the shore of the lake Chad.

He described the attack as babaric and unfortunate. He evacuated five injured persons in his convoy, for treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

“Last year, about same number of people were killed in Gajiram like it happened again. This is barbaric. It is very unfortunate. The only solution to end this masacare is by dislodging the insurgents in the shores of Lake Chad. Doing so will require collaborative regional efforts” Zulum said.

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