Despite the purported declaration of ceasefire by both federal government and members of the Boko Haram leaders, various communities in Borno State have come under attack as the insurgents sustain reportedly slain about 40 persons including the father of immediate speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Goni Ali Modu.
On Friday, the terror group attacked the town of Shaffa in Hawul local government area of Borno State where they killed eight locals there and injured several others, even as hundreds of others were said to have fled their homes.
The gunmen returned back to the town to fight members of the Civilian-JTF who went to pick corpses of slain persons for burial.
A bloody gunfight was said to have ensued and many may have been killed including a member of the Boko Haram.
A top security personnel in Maiduguri confirmed the incident to LEADERSHIP Sunday but declined giving details on the possible casualty recorded in the Saturday repeat attack.
In the same vein the Boko Haram gunmen had on Friday, the day the purported ceasefire was announced, attacked Abadam village in the northern part of Borno state where they reportedly beheaded several villagers including the septuagenarian father of a former Speaker of the Borno state House of Assembly, Goni Ali Modu.
According to a resident of Abadam, Aminu Abdullahi, “dozens of gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram have taken over Abadam. They have been in Abadam since Thursday but finally hoist their flags on Friday after killing many prominent people and forcing others to cross over to Niger”.
Abdullahi added that “at least “30 people have been killed in Abadam alone but I don’t know the actual number of people killed in nearby localities. A traditional ruler, Ba Mallam Wasak, 75, an uncle of the immediate past Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Goni Ali Modu was among those killed. As I am talking to you, both my father and mother are still trapped in Abadam and only God will save them. Many people, especially the old are still in Abadam because they could not flee,” he said.
Abadam is a border community, located about 200km north of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. It is one of the border community that is literally cut off from the rest of the state by desert sand dunes. It takes 4-wheel driven SUVs and Jeeps to get to Abadam anytime of the year.
Similarly, some trapped, but lucky to escape, residents of Bama local government area of Borno state where the Boko Haram had seized for about two months now have reported cases of serial killings of helpless residents by the Boko Haram terrorists.
A 50 years old woman, Fatima Bulama, who managed to escape to Maiduguri on foot last Monday said “things are getting worst in Bama; they are killing people selectively everyday. Days before I managed to escape, they gathered all the younger women and divided them into three groups according to their age grade and then they took them away; we never knew what would become of them, but I know it would be something terrible.”