Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has said terror group, Boko Haram, has killed no fewer than 56 persons in a fresh attack on a village in the state.
The governor said this during the presentation of cash and materials to parents of the 219 schoolgirls abducted in Government Secondary School, Chibok on Saturday in Maiduguri.
Presenting the gifts on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari to parents of abducted schoolgirls, the governor said 56 persons were killed in Baanu village in Nganzai Local Government Area of the state.
Shettima added, “Boko Haram crisis is a calamity that has befallen us as the insurgents do not discriminate whether somebody is a Christian or a Muslim nor tribal affiliations. Just yesterday (Friday) they killed 56 people in Baanu village of Nganzai Local Government. As I am speaking to you, their corpses still litter the streets of the village.”
Those that escaped the attack, who narrated their ordeal to journalists in Maiduguri, however, disclosed that more than 68 persons were killed in the attack.
One of the fleeing residents, Abubakar Suleiman, told our correspondent that 68 persons were killed with several others injured during the attack on Baanu village.
Suleiman explained that many of the insurgents came on horses at about 8.30pm on Friday and went about killing everybody they came across.
He said, “We have to flee into the bush and hide and after they left, we returned to pick some of our belongings and fled to Maiduguri; but before leaving, I counted 68 corpses. Some were slaughtered and some other had gun wounds.”
Suleiman claimed that the 68 corpses were the ones he counted, noting that “the corpses may be more as they all littered the streets of the village”.