Confusion as Boko Haram Kills 20 in Borno Villages

Boko HaramBy Sadiq Abubakar

At least 15 people were reported to have been killed in Gajiram town about 75 kilometers away from Maiduguri town, the headquarters of Nganzai Local Government Council of Borno State . Five other people were killed in Bulabilin Ngaura village, about 35 kilometers away from Maiduguri.
An eye witness, one Malam Modu Ngubdo, a resident of Gajiram town told our correspondent in Maiduguri that, ” about 15 people were actually killed in Gajiram town yesterday [Wednesday] night when some suspected members of Boko Haram sect attacked the town. They came at about 10 pm and ransacked the town up to 2 am before they left the town, taking the entire town hostage”.
“To the extent that as at 10 am this morning (Thursday), most of the people who fled the town into the bush last night could not return to Gajiram. I am worried and afraid. I don’t think I can go back to Gajiram town now until normalcy returns,” he said.
Another eye witness, Malam Aisami Babagana from Bulabilin Ngaura village of Konduga LGC told journalists in Maiduguri that, “the Boko Haram sect members attacked Bulabilin Ngaura village in the early hours of today (Thursday) and killed five people. They invaded the village from nowhere. (They came and ) opened fire as they did recently in some villages in the same local government, Konduga where they killed many people. But here, they killed only 5 people going to mosque for prayers”.
“I believe that they attacked us because of how our volunteers have succeeded in curtailing their atrocities in our area”, he said.
The incident made the State Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan to go to Gajiram town, Headquarters of Nganzai LGC to commiserate with the residents and government of the area.
The commissioner went in company of the Careataker Committee Chairman of Nganzai Local Government Council and some senior police officers.
All efforts to contact Lt. Col Sagir Musa spokesman of the JTF in Maiduguri and the PPRO, DSP Jubrin Gideon proved abortive.
However, one grains seller, Malam Goni Mala, a resident of Kasuwan Shanu in Maiduguri said gave a different version of the attack.He said “the incident actually took place on the market day of the town, Wednesday when the people were observing the market day buying and selling things then some people from nowhere came into the market with guns and opened fire in the middle of the market sporadically in the afternoon while people took to their heels on hearing the gunshots but unfortunately, about 15 people lost their lives at the scene of the event while many seemed to have sustained serious injuries during the gunshots”.
“And immediately the Boko Haram members opened fire and killed people, they drove off before the military JTF or Civilian JTF could reach the scene.” Mala who observed the market day narrated to journalists in Maiduguri on his return from the market around 6.30 pm at the Baga Road market,” he said.
According to him, “the incident actually took place in the afternoon not in the night as rumoured and it was at the market place not mosque. He also said the Boko Haram members pretended as if they were good Samaritans as they even assisted some villagers coming to the market on their way to the market without being noticed or detected by the Civilian JTF or military JTF to penetrate into the market to commit their atrocity”.
“The whole village market was put into confusion and chaos as the gunmen also set the police divisional headquarters and part of the LGC secretariat ablaze. I don’t think there was any arrest before I left
the town to my knowledge as the market was dispersed and everybody took to his heels into the bush for safety. Some even abandoned their goods/items and ran for their lives. Some later returned but many could not return to the market for fear of being killed or attacked again” he said.

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